Francis out of 200 meters race

An impressive 20.14 seconds run by 20-year-old Antiguan and Barbudan Miguel Francis, on Wednesday, failed to earn him a spot in the 200-meter finals at the World Championships in Beijing.

Running in the third semi-final heat, Francis started well, trailing Jamaica’s Usain Bolt up until the halfway mark in the race. He, however, faded into the fourth position going into the last 25 meters.

The Antiguan finished behind the semi-final winner Usain Bolt with South Africa and Turkey in second and third.

Francis posted the overall seventh fastest time from the semi-finals but did not qualify as a top two finisher. The sprinter, who posted 19.79 at the National Championships in July, also did not qualify as the fastest loser.

Meanwhile the Usain Bolt versus Justin Gatlin re-match is on after both men dominated their semi-finals to charge into Thursday’s 200m final.

Bolt, looking to retain his 200 meters title after that extraordinary 100 meter victory in the Bird’s Nest stadium, looked to be saving his strength for the next showdown as he eased to victory in 19.95 seconds.

Gatlin, comfortably the fastest man in the world this year over 200m, as he was over 100m, ran a controlled 19.87 as he seeks revenge for his shock defeat on Sunday night.