Jamaica’s world indoor silver medallist Nesta Carter found his best form at exactly the right time and laid down a fine 6.50 season’s best marker to confirm that he is intent on capturing the gold medal this time around.
The 28-year-old Jamaican scorched to victory in the first of three semi-finals. Behind him, Great Britain’s Richard Kilty continued his impressive breakthrough this season with a 6.52 lifetime best, improving by 0.01.
US champion, and arguably the marginal favourite coming into the event, Marvin Bracy took the third semi-final with 6.52, while Qatar’s Femi Ogunode continued his transiation from being a 400m runner to the shorter distance and registered 6.55 to win the other semi-final.
Jamaica’s Kimari Roach and Zambia’s Gerald Phiri finished second behind Ogunode and Bracy with a 6.55 personal best and a 6.57 national record, respectively.
Britain’s 2010 champion Dwain Chambers squeezed through to the final, along with China’s Su Bingtian, as a fastest non-automatic qualifier.
Zimbabwe’s Gabriel Mvumvure’s exit, when finishing third behind Carter, was compensated for by him clocking a 6.60 national record.
Nicola Bamford for the IAAF