Texas freshman Senoj-Jay Givans edged former 100-meter world-record holder Asfa Powell in the 100-meter dash to place second in his heat and advance to the 100-meter semifinals Thursday at the Jamaican Olympic Trials in Kingston, Jamaica.
Givans clocked in at 10.16, one-one-hundredth of a second ahead of Powell. Powell’s third place finish earned him a spot in the semifinals.
“Senoj-Jay’s execution of his race was outstanding this evening,” said Texas assistant coach Seth Henson.
Givan’s mark was the fourth best time in the preliminary round. Six-time Olympic gold medalist and 100-meter world-record holder Usain Bolt crossed in 10.15 to qualify for the semis. Bolt is attempting to become the first Olympian to win three gold medals in the 100.
The semifinals will take place on Friday at 7:12 p.m. and the final will begin at 9:15 p.m.
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