Britain’s Reece Prescod was disqualified from the men’s Olympic 100m semi-finals after a false start, in a race which finished as chaotically as it started when two runners pulled up injured. In contrast, Prescod’s teammate Zharnel Hughes put in a season’s best performance to win the second semi-final in 9.98, beating the 100m favourite before the Games, USA’s Trayvon Bromell.
Going in the first of three races to qualify for the final, Prescod, in lane three, clearly jumped out of the blocks too early and was issued with a red card, signalling his fate. It is a devastating blow for the 25-year-old sprinter, who had set his sights on the final in Tokyo.
America’s Kerley Fred one the race in 9.96 sec ahead of Canada’s Andre de Grasse in 9.98, as both qualified automatically for the final. South Africa’s Gif Leotlela finished fourth before crumpling to the floor with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, as did Nigeria’s Usheoritse Itsekiri.
Hughes was the surprise winner of a competitive race three, with the powerful Nigerian 20-year-old Enoch Adegoke finishing second in 10.00, edging out Bromell in a photo finish.
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