US: All four of the United States’ men’s 100m sprinters advanced to the finals on Saturday, giving the Americans renewed hope of a clean sweep in the event for the first time since 1991.
Toe-to-toe at 7:50 p.m. will be Fred Kerley, Marvin Bracy, Trayvon Bromell, and Christian Coleman (0250 GMT).
There have been no clean sweeps since Carl Lewis led the United States to victory in 1983 and 1991. The United States was allowed to enter four athletes in the competition, including defending champion Coleman, who qualified for the event with three other athletes.
With a time of 9.93 seconds, Bracy was only second behind Jamaican contender Oblique Seville, the quickest qualifier with a time of 9.90 seconds.
Kerley set a World Championships record on Friday with a time of 9.79 seconds, and despite a slower time of 10.02 seconds on Saturday, he still looked confident in his victory over defending champion Coleman (10.05), who is making his return to competition after serving a suspension for failing three drug tests.
Second-placed Akani Simbine of South Africa edged Bromell by a thousandth of a second as both men ran 9.97 seconds in the men’s 100-meter dash finals on Saturday.
Former world champion Yohan Blake and Olympic and world bronze medalist Andre de Grasse both failed to advance in the first heat.
Italy’s gold medalist Lamont Jacobs was forced to withdraw from the race because of a knee injury “In order to avoid jeopardizing the rest of the season, I must postpone the challenge. Please believe me when I say that I will do everything in my power to help you achieve your wildest fantasies.”
In spite of the prime Saturday night viewing time for the 100m, the 12,500 capacity Hayward Field venue was still far from full.