Wayde VAN NIEKERK (RSA) 1st in HEAT 1 - 21.05
I felt good but I think I can do better. I need to run under 21 seconds in the final.
Aaron BROWN (CAN) - 2nd in HEAT 1 - 21.12
I thought I did a pretty good job on the bend. Coming off the bend, I lost a little bit of ground. I’ll have to work on that a little bit. But I think I held myself through the end and I was able to make it through to the final.
I didn’t know where (Bradwell) was I just prayed, hoped I got through and I came through.
My start was okay. Definitely a lot better than the 100 metre final. I can still improve on it, so I’ll go work on that a bit.
Hopefully I can get my body feeling a whole lot better, because I’m pretty sore from the 100 metre rounds and earlier today in the 200 metre. If I can get a good massage, eat right and sleep well, I think I can do pretty good iin the finals.
Aliaksandr LINNIK (BLR) - 1st in HEAT 2 - 20.81 (National Junior Record)
I had a very good race, fantastic - a personal best. I was very nervous, very nervous to get into the final. But it wasn’t too hard, I feel very fit and I have strength enough to do more tomorrow.
Shota IIZUKA (JPN) - 1st in HEAT 3 - 20.93
I’m really happy that I won that race.
At one point in the race, coming down the homestretch, it looked like everybody was even and it was a challenge because it was hard to tell where the other competitors were.
[For the finals], I’ll just continue to do the same thing and I’ll never give up - just do the same thing that I did in this race.
Oluwasegun MAKINDE (CAN) 4th in HEAT 3 - 21.13
My first 150 metres, I felt good. I maybe let things get into my head, maybe I trained a little too hard instead of relaxing. Coming in fourth kind of sucks but maybe I’ll make it in on time.
I have the 110 m hurdles in the morning to look forward to and the 4 X 100 metre relay heat in the afternoon to look forward to.
It’s a great honour to be named team captain. I feel really blessed and humbled. For me to be selected by my peers as well as the coaching staff is a great honour and I hope to perform and do my best.