After the Americans dominated the Men’s 100m World Championship finals on Saturday, one has to wonder what they have up their sleeves for the forthcoming 200m. With the 25-year-old reigning champion Noah Lyles returning to defend the title he won three years ago and 27-year-old Fred Kerley, who led America’s 100m clean sweep, both contending for gold, it is no wonder the Americans are favoured by many to maintain the Men’s 200m title.
In Monday’s heats, challengers for the 200m Championship title clashed to see who would first advance to the semi-finals. After failing to make the 100m finals, Canada’s Olympic champion Andre De Grasse withdrew from the 200m heats.
Yohan Blake also failed to qualify for the final of the men’s 100m on Saturday and after an article published by the Jamaica Observer, it was rumoured that he might also pull out of the race after he was allegedly seen wearing a walking boot in the warm-up area Sunday afternoon.
But Blake did in fact run in heat 5, coming up against Fred Kerley who won the heat in 20.17 seconds. Blake was luckily able to qualify for the semi-finals but did not place in the top three of his heat but placed third in the non-automatic spots. Rasheed Dwyer placed third in heat 7 clocking in at 20.29, his season’s best, and will advance. Unfortunately, Jamaica’s Akeem Bloomfield who placed fifth in heat 3 with 20.56, will not proceed to the semi-finals.