• Bolt overcomes slow start and advances to 100m semi finals

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World Athletics Championships: Usain Bolt  won his heat on Friday  and advanced to Saturday's 100m semi finals.

The 8-time-Olympic champion, Bolt, overcame a sluggish start to win the men's 100m heat 6 in 10.07 seconds.

"I'm feeling great, but it was not a great race (for me)." Bolt told reporters after the race. 

"I'm not fond of these blocks, I  have to get this together." he said.

The fastest men in the men's 100m heats was Julian Forte of Jamaica who clocked 9.99 seconds to win heat 3. Forte was the only men in the 100m heats  to go sub 10 seconds. 

One of the fastest sprinters in the world this year, Thando Rotto, of South Africa was disqualified for false starting. 

See Full men's 100m heat results here.

In the women's 1500m all the favorites, world record holder Genzebe Dibaba won the heat 1 in 4:02.67 as South Africa's Caster Semenya jogged across the line in second in 4:02.84. Netherlands  2017 World season leader, Sifan Hassan, won the heat 2 in 4:08.80 just 0.02 seconds ahead of Olympic games bronze medalist and 2011 world champion American Jenny Simpson. The Heat #3 was won by Faith Kipyegon, the 2016 Rio Olympics 1500m champion, in 4:03.09.

 See full women's 1500m heat results here.

Sweden's Daniel Stahl led the men's discus throw qualification with 67.64m throw as Lithuania's Andrius Gudzius was second in the qualification round with 67.01m. Other medal contenders such us Poland's Piotr Malachovski, Germany's Robert Harting and Jamaica's Fedrick Dacres also adavnced to men's discus throw final. See full results here.

In the men's long jump qualification, Czech athlete Radek Juska achieved the top mark with 8.24m leap. South African athletes Luvo Manyonga and Rushwahl Samaai, who top men's 2017 World  ranking with 8.65m and 8.49m, also advanced to final. See men's long jump qualification results here.

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