16 Aug 2008

Top sprinters make it through first round

6:49 am on 16 August 2008

All the big guns have progressed to the next round of the men's hundred metres on the opening day of athletics at the Beijing Olympics.

The three main contenders, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell of Jamaica and Tyson Gay of the United States, all cruised into the second round.

Meanwhile New Zealand heptathlete Rebecca Wardell is 33rd after her first event. She ran 14.07 seconds for the hurdles, which is her best time this season.

Wardell's next event is the high jump.