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Big guns progress to 100m semi-finals

26July2002

Dwain Chambers and Mark Lewis-Francis set the standard as they progress to the semi-finals.

Dwain Chambers

Dwain Chambers says he's ready to rumble in the semi-finals

England's Dwain Chambers (10.17) stamped his mark on the first heat of the men's 100m second round with another comfortable win. Fellow qualifiers included Dwight Thomas (10.30), Nick Macrozonaris (10.37) and Joseph Batangdon (10.45).

In the second heat Mark Lewis-Francis (10.13) showed Kim Collins (10.20) a clean pair of heels from the start though Collins eased up before crossing the line. Michael Frater (10.31) and Henry Anson (10.36) also qualified.

Francis-Lewis said: Im not focusing on anyone else. Im out here to do my own thing. Im excited about tomorrow, but I cant afford to get too excited. I have to keep my feet on the ground.

Kim Collins was pleased with his second place however: It was a little better than the round this morning. I ran a little bit faster and tomorrow should be something spectacular. I pushed Mark a little bit just to see what he would do.

Nigeria's Deji Aliu (10.16) led home the third heat with second placed Asafa Powell (10.28) recording a personal best. Eric Appiah Nkansah (10.32) qualified third with Jason Gardener seeming to struggle as he finished fourth (10.33).

Aliu commented: Its coming slowly. Im not there yet but its okay. Its going to be tough but I just want to get there and enjoy myself. Im just so happy coming back from illness.

Reflecting on his run, Gardener said: I was a bit disappointed with my position. I have high expectations and I wanted to do better than that. Maybe Im trying too hard but Im through and Im hanging in there.

The final heat was won by Nigeria's Uchenna Emedolu (10.19) in impressive style. Other qualifiers were Pierre Brown (10.28), Abdul Aziz Zakari (10.33) and Brian Dzingai (10.62).

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