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Rouge-Serrett & Pearson impressive in 100m Heats

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From the AA website:

National 100m champion Aaron Rouge-Serret booked his place in tomorrow night’s semi-finals of the blue-riband event, clocking 10.42 (w:0.9) to place second in his heat before trimming that time to 10.29 (w:0.5) in Round 2 to place third.

"I’m absolutely rapt, I came out and ran a relaxed first hundred in the heat. My coach said I could go a little bit harder so I did that and got automatic qualification to the semi-final so I'm happy," he said.

"There’s definitely a real opportunity here without the likes of Asafa Powell (JAM) and Usain Bolt (JAM), it's a great opportunity and I'm going to do everything I can to take it."

Fellow national 100m champion Melissa Breen and sprint hurdles specialist Sally Pearson moved through to the semi-finals of the women’s 100m, clocking 11.76 (w:0.3, fourth) and 11.50 (w:0.0, first) respectively.

On her senior international debut in the Indian capital, Breen said she was proud of her maiden appearance in the green and gold.

“That was my first senior team and I held myself together so I feel really good. It wasn’t that fast but I did myself proud tonight,” Breen said.

“I think I’ll have to run 11.30 to make the final. I know I’m in that shape but being in that shape in training and being in that shape in racing are two different things and it’s something I’m still learning.”

Pearson, who made a late entry into the 100m after arriving in New Delhi in scintillating form, said the outcome of her move into the event was anyone’s guess.

“I decided to run the 100m after the Great North City Games in England last month, I ran a really good 150m which proved to me that I’m in the shape to run two events,” she said.

“I really don’t know what I can do in this race, I’ve never raced most of these girls so I have no idea what sort of shape they are in. I’m just going out there to see what I can do. I would love to win a medal of course, you don’t go into a race to lose so I’m going to go in there all guns blazing and just go for it.”


Rouge Serrett looked slick and is a genuine final chance. He's currently the 10th fastest qualifier (10.29) into the semis. His start was brilliant, recording the fastest reaction time in both heat & quarter final and put him among the early leaders. It will probably take a PB to get him into the final, but he looks supremely fit & sharp and hopefully he'll get there.

Men's 100m race is wide open with Jamican Oshane Bailey having the fastest time of 10.12 (QF2), followed by Egwero Oghoghene (Nigeria) with 10.13 and Canadian Sam Effah who ran 10.15 behind Bailey.

Running in heat one, Melissa Breen looked to be struggling throughout, lacked her normal rhythm, running flat chat in 11.76. May well she just have needed the run, relieved some nerves and will saddle up better for the semis. Doubt she can make the final unless she can find about 3m. (Result of Heat one not yet on the CG website)

Sally Pearson demonstrated her sheer class and looked across with 10m to go, easing off considerably. She should make the final and could medal. There certainly did not appear to be too many in the heats who were ahead of her.

The two Nigerians were impressive - Agnes Osasuwa ran 11.47 in H2 and Osayemi Oluamola ran 11.49 in H4. Elaine O'Neill (Wales) won easily but looked like she didn't have a lot left in recording 11.60 in H3. Katherine Endacott (England) ran across the line with Pearson in 11.50 but Sally was clearly easing up while the English girl looked flat out.

Another very open race.

"Let's Go While We're Young"

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