KINGSTON, Jamaica – Unfazed by a false start a few lanes over, Usain Bolt eased through his first qualifying heat at the Jamaican Olympic trials Thursday night, finishing the 100 meters in 10.06 seconds.
The race was delayed when Ainsley Waugh, four lanes over from Bolt, jumped early. The crowd — only a couple thousand on the light opening night — oohed and aahed, but Bolt set himself back in the blocks, started slow and safe, then accelerated past the field to win his heat by 0.09 seconds.
Reigning world champion Yohan Blake won his heat in 10 seconds flat — the fastest time on a calm, stress-free night at National Stadium — and former world record holder Asafa Powell also advanced in 10.19.
The semifinals and finals are Friday