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Day 2 morning: Lemaitre makes it a fast blast

05.03.2011 World

Triple European outdoor champion Christophe Lemaitre reminded everyone of his natural sprint gifts by blasting to the fastest qualification time in the opening round of the men’s 60m.

To the delight of the Parisian supporters the 20-year-old French athlete headed the qualifiers for tonight’s semi-finals recording a non-too-shabby 6.59m to clinch heat three despite getting away to a characteristic sluggish start.

Defending champion Dwain Chambers was less impressive in heat four. The Briton never got into his usual rhythm and wound up third in heat five in 6.71 – 0.01 behind the winner Jonathan Astrand, the Finnish champion. With the top four from each heat automatically qualifying Chambers advances to this afternoon’s semi-finals but will want to find more.

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