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Canadians eliminated from 200 metres

All three Canadians in the men's 200 metres at the world track and field championships were eliminated in Tuesday's quarter-finals in Berlin.

All three Canadians in the men's 200 metres at the world track and field championships were eliminated in Tuesday's quarter-finals in Berlin.

Jared Connaughton of Charlottetown, P.E.I., appeared to qualify for the semifinals with a season-best time of 20.80 seconds, good for second place in his heat, but was later disqualified for stepping out of his lane.

Sam Effah of Calgary and Toronto's Gavin Smellie were also eliminated after finishing last in their respective heats.

Smellie was bothered by a hamstring strain suffered during the first round.

"I felt it as I was passing Charles Clark of the U.S. on the curve," he said. "Then when I went on the straightaway it came back and it felt like it was going to go on me.

"I am really disappointed I had to let the race get away from me when I can do better than that."

The top three in each heat, plus the next four fastest times, qualified for the semis.

World record holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica won his heat easily in 20.41 seconds. It was the slowest of the four winning times, but Bolt pulled up well before the finish line as he went unchallenged.

Bolt, who obliterated his own world record in the 100 with a stunning 9.58 in Sunday's gold-medal race, said he'll be gunning for another world record.

"I'll be running hard," Bolt said.

Shawn Crawford won his heat in 20.37, and U.S. teammate Walter Spearmon also advanced by finishing second in his heat to Panama's Alonso Edward.

Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis, a three-time medallist at the worlds, did not advance.

Defending champion Tyson Gay, the American who finished second to Bolt in the 100 final, did not compete due to a groin injury. He says he'll try to return for the 4x100 relay.

British sprinter Dwain Chambers also pulled out of the event with an injury after finishing sixth in the 100 final.