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LONDON – Disappointment weighed heavily on Barbadian Ramon Gittens after his heat of the men’s 100 metres yesterday morning at the London 2012 Olympic Games, but Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago saw all of their runners reach the semi-finals.
Not only had Gittens not achieved his goal of getting out of the first round, he also did not improve his qualifying time of 10.21 seconds after placing sixth in his heat in 10.35.
“Not a good race,” he said in an interview with SUNSPORT.
“I stumbled all out of the blocks and didn’t get to do my transition properly.”
Gittens said the surface was good – it has produced some fast times already – but his performance was just one of those things that happened in races. As he walked away, he was a shadow of the confident young man who had been looking to “shock the world” several days ago.