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Men's 100 metres underway

26 July 2002

The blue riband event of the Games begins at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Mark Lewis-Francis

Mark Lewis-Francis eased into Round 2

Heat 1 of the men's 100 metres first round saw no mistakes as Mark Lewis-Francis and Obadele Thompson progressed to the second round.

Lewis-Francis won effortlessly after an excellent start and cruised to victory in a time of 10.25 seconds. Thompson followed Lewis-Francis with a time of 10.47.

"I'm happy with the way I ran and hopefully it should get quicker and quicker and quicker," said Lewis-Francis.

Heat 2 saw Jamaica's Michael Fraser win in a time of 10.44 with Eric Nkansah Appiah of Ghana second in a time of 10.48.

Zimbabwe's Brian Dzingai won Heat 3 in a personal best of 10.30. Title hopeful Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis qualified finishing in third place after a poor start.

Collins commented: “Normally I don’t come in as the favourite, so I’m trying to keep my cover down. But I don’t know if I’m doing a good job. I’m just trying to approach the heats and take it into the final.”

Heat 4 was won by Nigeria's Uchenna Emedolu (10.42) with Canada's Pierre Browne second (10.47).

England's Dwain Chambers came through the field comfortably to win Heat 5 (10.19) assisted by a slight following wind.

Pleased with his performance, Chambers said: “It was a stroll in the park, first thing in the morning. I wanted to show my dominance and get the ball rolling so I can pick it up later in the day.”

Lewis-Francis and Chambers were joined in the second round by Jason Gardener (10.34), who finished second in the sixth heat behind Abdul Aziz-Xakari, of Ghana (10.31).

Gardener said: “I was pleased with that. It was an early start, so it was a case of concentrating on getting through the first round, preparing for the second round tonight and then focusing on tomorrow’s semi-final.”

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