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MOSCOW---At the end of Day 1, Usain Bolt
is on track to recapture the 100-metre gold
he lost at the last world championships and
Mo Farah already has the 10,000 title he
missed out on two years ago.
Even if a false start in Bolt s heat was rem-
iniscent of what disqualified him in the 2011
final, it was the runner next to him that was
sent packing, not the Jamaican.
On the second attempt, Bolt set off confi-
dently and cruised all the way to a time of 10.07
seconds for the 7th fastest time of the day.
"I wasn t really worried," Bolt said of the
false start. "I was listening for the gun, so that
It did not phase him one bit. After all, the
stadium had been filled with the reggae sounds
of Bob Marley s classic "Three Little Birds,"
with the lyrics "Don t worry, bout a thing.
Cause every little thing is gonna be all right."
Casual as ever, Bolt made his outing seem
like a breeze.
"I didn t try to run too fast," Bolt said. "I
was trying to work on my technique to get it
right. Tomorrow, I will put more speed into it."
Two Americans had the top times with Mike
Rodgers clocking 9.98 and 2004 Olympic cham-
pion Justin Gatlin also dipping under 10, with
Looking around him though, Bolt will know
he is the overwhelming favorite in the absence
of injured defending champion Yohan Blake
and American star Tyson Gay, who is out
because of a doping scandal.
Bolt will be looking to add the 200 and the
4x100 relay title to make it a golden triple one
year after a similar feat at the London Olympics.
Out on the track, his "Lightning Bolt" pose
was only matched by Farah s "Mobot," holding
his hands over his head in a heart shape.
In a tantalising finish to the 10,000, the
double Olympic long-distance champion from
Britain had to fight off defending champion
Ibrahim Jeilan over the last 150 meters.
But instead of giving in at the line like he
did two years ago, Farah s finishing speed was
such that he had time to cover his face with
his hands and cross the line with his arms wide
"I was thinking on the home straight, not
again, not again, not again, " Farah said.
In the end, the Somali-born runner won the
gold to complete a full set of Olympics and
world championship long-distance titles.
"I won the medal that was missing," Farah
Farah now has to defend his 5,000 title next
Friday and, at 30, establish himself as the defin-
ing long-distance racer of his time with another
5,000-10,000 double in as many years.
Farah had been honing his finishing kick all
season, and when he became the fastest Euro-
pean of all time over 1,500 meters last month,
he knew he was a world beater.
So did all of Britain, convinced he could do
as well as his double at the London Olympics,
and the relief of living up to expectations was
visible as soon as he crossed the line.
The relief was all the more so since he almost
tripped when he briefly surged into the lead
with about four laps to go.
He kissed the Mondo blue track and fell on
his back looking up at a sky over the Luzhniki
Stadium which was just as perfectly blue.
Temperatures were close to 27 degrees C (81
degrees F) when Farah ran, but it was even
higher when defending champion Edna Kiplagat
of Kenya won the first gold medal of the world
championships with a blazing late kick on a
Like the morning qualifying session, few fans
were on hand to cheer as Kiplagat entered the
stadium well ahead of surprise silver-medalist
Valeria Straneo of Italy, also a mother in her
As the marathoners made their way up to
Red Square, there were huge empty spaces
where fans should have been.
In the decathlon, 20-year-old Gunnar Nixon
set the ten-event competition ablaze in his first
major global meet. But after a huge effort in
the 400, American teammate Ashton Eaton,
the Olympic champion, kept himself in the lead
after five of ten events.
Eaton, the world-record holder, clocked 46.02
seconds to run the fastest decathlon 400 at a
world championships and build a slight 4,502-
4,493 lead over Nixon.
Two-time defending champion Trey Hardee
dropped out with a hamstring injury after failing
to clear any height in the high jump.
"So far, he s on fire," Hardee said of Nixon.
"I hope he keeps it up."
LONDON---From Hollywood to Broad-
way, the entertainment industry is using
its star power and financial muscle to
raise a storm of protest over the anti-
gay legislation in Russia that is battering
the image of the Winter Olympics in
Actor-playwright Harvey Fierstein,
British writer-actor Stephen Fry and Star
Trek actor George Takei are among those
who have publicly condemned the new
law, fueling an uproar that is overshad-
owing preparations for the February 7-23
With stars and activists using their high-
profile platform to bring the issue to global
attention, the gay rights crackdown in
Russia has exploded into a hot-button
controversy that is challenging Olympic
leaders like no other since the protests
over Tibet and human rights before the
2008 Games in Beijing.
President Barack Obama, British Prime
Minister David Cameron and former
Olympic athletes such as Greg Louganis
have also denounced the law that prohibits
the spread of "propaganda of nontradi-
tional sexual relations" among minors.
The law, signed by Russian President
Vladimir Putin in June, imposes fines and
up to 15 days in prison for violators. Hefty
fines are levied for holding gay pride rallies.
Foreigners can be deported.
Whether Putin is listening to the outcry
is unclear, but the backlash has even trig-
gered calls for a boycott of the games that
he was instrumental in securing for Rus-
sia.Also, the souring relations between the
US and Russia over National Security
Agency leaker Edward Snowden, Syria,
human rights and other issues has ratch-
eted up the tensions in the buildup to the
Obama canceled a planned summit
meeting with Putin after Russia granted
temporary asylum to Snowden.
Bolt on track to recapture
100m title at worlds
Jamaica's Usain Bolt, left, and Trinidad and Tobago's Rondel Sorrillo start in a men's 100-metre
heat at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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