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Jamaican Olympic trials: Usain Bolt easily advances in 100-metres

Officially beginning his quest for a third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the 100-metre dash, Usain Bolt cruised his way through the quarter-finals at the Jamaica National Senior Championships — which serve as his country's trials to decide who goes to the Rio Games in August.

In pursuit of 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals in the event

Usain Bolt, pictured at a competition in May, easily cruised into the 100-metre semifinals at the Jamaican Olympic trials on Thursday. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

Usain Bolt spent a few minutes on the grassy infield of National Stadium after his race Thursday night, putting himself through some very slow cool-down jogs.

It was an easy end to an easy night.

Officially beginning his quest for a third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the 100-metre dash, Bolt cruised his way through the quarter-finals at the Jamaica National Senior Championships — which serve as his country's trials to decide who goes to the Rio Games in August.

No one has ever won three golds in the 100, which is what both Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce could do in Rio. They'll be among the favourites to qualify for the team on Friday night, when the 100 semifinals and finals are held about two hours apart for both the men and women. The 200-metre qualifiers are Saturday and the semis and finals in that event come when the meet ends Sunday.

Bolt completed his quarter-final in a jog-for-him time of 10.15 seconds. Fraser-Pryce won her quarter-final in 11.38 seconds.

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