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Mpuang moves through
- Updated: August 18, 2009
By Mark Etheridge
Our African champion Thuso Mpuang sprinted through to the quarter-finals of the 200 metre event at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Berlin, Germany Tuesday morning.
Going off from lane four in the last of nine heats, Mpuang clocked 20.91 seconds.
That only put him fourth and outside the first three automatic qualifiers of the heat, won by the host nation’s Robert Hering in 20.64sec.
But his time was one of the next five fastest times and saw him through to Tuesday evening’s quarter-finals.
Of the 32 qualifiers in the morning, fastest was the United States runner Shawn Crawford who clocked 20.60sec.
The spotlight was predictably on the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt┬á who ran in the fifth heat and, equally predictably, he was in cruise mode, coming home in 20.70sec to be eighth fastest going into the quarters.