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Rio Olympics: Usain Bolt plans to shake up the world with new record

Usain Bolt's belief that he could threaten his 200 metres world record of 19.19 at the Rio Olympics did not look misplaced as he sauntered into the semi-finals.

The Jamaican had a healthy lead coming off the bend and slowed to a jog before he virtually walked across the line in 20.28 seconds.

American Justin Gatlin joined him in progressing from the heats at an again sparsely-populated Olympic Stadium and Sunday night's boos for the two-time drug cheat were this time replaced by cheers.

Gatlin, the sport's pantomime villain, demanded to be shown respect from the stands after his reception for the 100m, which Bolt described as shocking.

And his pleas appeared to have worked as the 34-year-old was warmly received when he took to the track, qualifying easily in 20.42.

All three Britons also made it through, Adam Gemili, the team captain, the fastest of the lot in 20.20. Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake clocked 20.24, while Danny Talbot equalled his personal best of 20.27.

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