Day 9 round-up: Gatlin quicker than Bolt in heats

Both Justin Gatlin and Usain Bolt cruised into the 100m semifinals; Britain's Andy Murray is one win away from retaining his tennis singles gold medal.


Justin Gatlin qualified for the 100m semifinal with a 10.01s run.

Justin Gatlin set the pace in the heats of the 100 metres, with his time of 10.01 seconds quicker than the 10.07secs set by Usain Bolt, who is seeking an unprecedented sprint Olympic triple gold. Both men held back, though, and will have plenty in reserve for Sunday's semi-final and final.

Christoph Harting capitalised on his brother Robert's failure to qualify for the discus final by claiming gold in a thrilling finale. The German beat Piotr Malachowski to the gold, bettering the Pole's mark of 67.55m with a personal best of 68.37m in the final round.

- The last day of rowing action featured the most dramatic race of the regatta as New Zealand's  Mahe Drysdale triumphed in the men's single sculls in a photo finish. Drysdale posted exactly the same time as Croatian  Damir Martin, but it was the Kiwi who received the gold and a second straight OIympic title.

Andy Murray set up a mouth-watering men's singles final with Juan Martin del Potro. Wimbledon champion Murray saw off Kei Nishikori in straight sets to take him within one win of a successful title defence.

Justin Rose leads the way going into the final round of the first golf tournament at the Olympics since 1904, the Briton is 12-under-par with 18 holes to play, but Open champion  Henrik Stenson is hot on his heels on 11 under.



"He is nice, but a little weird. He told me 'come on, fight. Try to throw longer than I did'. We fight in the stadium, but we both know what each other is capable of. He knew that I was the leader from the start to the last round, and suddenly he beat me." -  Piotr Malachowski reveals the extent of the sledging he received from Chrostoph Harting.

"I'm still a bit emotional so if I cry I'm sorry. It means almost everything. The fact that I have a medal from the Olympics is one of the best things which happen in my career. I have my two Wimbledon titles, Fed Cup and WTA [Finals victory]. It's definitely one of the best days today so I hope I'm going to celebrate it. And I'm very proud I could bring it to the Czech Republic." -  Petra Kvitova ranks her bronze medal, which she won by beating Madison Keys, up there with her greatest career achievements.

"I am a kid in a candy store. I am hanging with other athletes. Golf just gets in my way I want to go watch other sports. I am going to go watch badminton tonight. Go hang out in the cafeteria, try and meet other athletes and feel like I am superstar like them." - The first Olympic golf tournament since 1904 is proving a hindrance for two-time Masters champion  Bubba Watson.



Italy's  Gabriele Rossetti showed poise beyond his 21 years to win gold in the men's skeet. Rossetti, competing in his first Olympics, hit all 16 targets in both the semi-finals and the gold medal match, which proved a thrilling spectacle as Sweden's Marcus Svensson missed on the last target to hand Rossetti the title.


Victories for Harting and  Christian Reitz in the 25m rapid fire pistol took Germany's tally of golds up to eight, moving them up to fourth in the medal table.

COMING UP - Brits try to replicate 'Super Saturday'

The highlight of the London 2012 Games for the host nation came on the first Saturday, which saw long jumper Greg Rutherford, heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and distance runner Mo Farah all win gold in less than an hour of each other.

And there could be a repeat in the offing underneath the bright lights in Rio, with Rutherford and Farah going in the long jump and 10,000m finals, and Ennis-Hill just five points off the lead with two events of the heptathlon to go.

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