Moscow – Usain Bolt took it easy Friday on his way to another three gold medals at the world championships, breezing through the heats of the 200 meters to set him up for No. 2.
The 100 champion eased up with 60 meters to go, looked left and right, and when he saw Delanno Williams of Britain broadly smiling well behind him, Bolt shut the engines off and crossed first in 20.66 seconds.
“I am feeling good, I am feeling all right. I am just not a morning person,” Bolt told reporters. “My foot is feeling better. It was sore then. I have worked on it for the last four days. The race was easy. We are just trying to get through the morning rounds as easy as possible.”
It was the 21st best time, well behind the leading 20.17 of Anaso Jobodwana of South Africa.
The toughest competition in Bolt’s favorite event is expected to come from Jamaican teammate Warren Weir, who won his heat in 20.34.
American veteran Wallace Spearmon squeaked through as the third finisher in a tight heat.
Three Japanese competed in the 200 heats: Kei Takase (third heat), Shota Iizuka (sixth) and Yuichi Kobayashi (seventh).
The 22-year-old Iizuka qualified for the semifinals, which were to begin on Friday evening. He placed third in his heat in 20.71 seconds behind American Isiah Young (20.70) and Great Britain’s Adam Gemili (20.17).
Takase finished his race in 20.96 seconds, placing fifth of eight.
Kobayashi was clocked in 20.97, finishing fourth out of eight runners in his heat.