LONDON – Ole Miss junior Isiah Young took care of business in Tuesday’s 200 meter preliminaries and advanced to Wednesday’s semifinals at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Running next to Usain Bolt in the first of seven preliminary heats on a cold London morning, Young ran second behind Bolt for nearly the entire race until Brazil’s Aldemir da Silva Jr. leaned across the finish line ahead of Young by .02 seconds.
The Ole Miss All-American placed third with a time of 20.55. Bolt was first in 20.39 and Silva second in 20.53. All three advanced to Wednesday’s semifinals, which will take place at 2:10 p.m. CT (8:10 p.m. in London).
“I guess it went good,” Young told reporters after his first Olympic race. “20.5 is not my best, probably the worst I’ve run all year. It is my first race in like a month, so I’m just trying to knock the rust off. Hopefully I’ll do better tomorrow.”
Young will run in heat 2 of the semifinals, which is the same heat as Bolt and Silva once again. Also in heat 2 is Anaso Jobodwana of South Africa, who ran for Jackson State in 2012 and beat Young at a meet in Oxford earlier this year, as well as Ecuador’s Alex Quiñónez, who posted the top preliminary time of 20.28.
The top two finishers in each of the three semifinal heats and the next two fastest times overall will advance to Thursday’s Olympic final.
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