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Friday, October 24 2014 @ 04:29 AM EDT

Bolt needs only short burst to qualify for 200 final

Sports Section By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - Triple Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt breezed into the world championship 200 meters final on Wednesday, needing only an opening 30-meter burst to establish his dominance in the semi-final. The Jamaican was in no mood for pre-race showboating, quickly carving out a lead before easing off in the straight and trotting over the finish line with the best overall time of 20.08 seconds. He was quickly back to his usual self after the race, throwing his vest into a group of cheering girls. American Shawn Crawford, who won silver at the Beijing Olympics behind Bolt, had to work hard to come in third following Panama's Alonso Edward who clocked 20.22. The 19-year-old Edward has run the fourth best time this season of 20 seconds flat and, with American world champion Tyson Gay injured, could be in medal contention come Thursday's final. American Wallace Spearmon, who lost his Beijing Games bronze medal after stepping out of his lane, was untroubled, comfortably winning his heat with 20.14, joined by Jamaican Steve Mullings. Mullings, banned for doping for two years before resuming his sprinting career in 2006, was impressive in the first 100 before easing off to finish just ahead of American Charles Clark and Ramil Guliyev from Azerbaijan who both also went through. (Editing by Alison Wildey)
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