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Rolle finishes 44th overall in men’s 200m

Guardian Sports Editor

Published: Aug 17, 2013

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MOSCOW, Russia – Jamial Rolle barely qualified for these world championships, and he did so in perfect wind.  So when he was eliminated in the first round of the men’s 200 meters (m) here in Moscow, Russia yesterday morning, it didn’t come as a major surprise.

Rolle ran a season low of 21.40 seconds to finish seventh in his heat, and 44th overall out of 56 competitors.

Running in a heat with world record holder Usain Bolt, of Jamaica, Rolle never got off the curve and by the time he straightened up he was already significantly behind not just Bolt, but also the rest of the field.

Rolle refused to talk with reporters afterwards.

Bolt cruised to the finish line winning that heat in 20.66 seconds. CARIFTA standout Delano Williams from the Turks and Caicos Islands, who now runs for Great Britain, trailed Bolt in 20.72 seconds.  Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago, last year’s Olympic bronze medalist in the men’s 400m, grabbed the third automatic qualifying spot for the semis out of that heat in 20.85 seconds.

It appeared that Bolt was toying with his competitors in that heat, even looking around and cracking a smile with Williams as he came to the line.  The top three finishers and the next three fastest times qualified for the semis.

Rolle was never in contention.  His demise in the event continued a string of unfortunate, subpar performances for The Bahamas at these 14th International Association of Athletic Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships.

Only two athletes have established season’s best performances thus far – Chris Brown in the men’s 400m semis (45.18 seconds) and Donald Thomas in the men’s high jump (2.32m – 7’ 7-1/4”).

As for Rolle, the 20.51 time he posted in qualifying, in Montverde, Florida, in June was a personal best for him.  Prior to that, his personal best time was 20.62 seconds in Nassau in 2008.

He has a personal best time of 10.26 seconds in the 100m, and is expected to be a part of the men’s 4x100m relay team which will run on Sunday.

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