LONDON – Pensacola’s Justin Gatlin easily won his 100-meter heat race at the Olympic Games on Saturday to advance to the first of three semifinal heats beginning at 1:45 p.m. CT today. Eight sprinters from the semifinal heats will qualify for the final, to be run at 3:50 p.m. today.
NBC TV is recording the events to be broadcast during its primetime Olympics coverage. The races can be seen live at www.nbcolympics.com.
Gatlin, who graduated from Woodham High School before it became a middle school, finished Saturday’s heat in 9.97 seconds. He is seeking his second Olympic gold in the 100 meters; he won the event at the Athens Games in 2004, but missed the 2008 Beijing Games while serving a four-year ban from track and field for doping.