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Bolt on Hortelano: "I'd like to see what he's got for the final"

AS asked the 100m champion his thoughts on Spanish sprinter Bruno Hortelano, who recorded the second-best time of 200m heats on Tuesday

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Bolt on Hortelano: "I'd like to see what he's got for the final"
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Spanish sprinter Bruno Hortelano recorded the second best time (20.12) of the Olympic 200-metre heats on Tuesday, with only Canadian Andre de Grasse going faster with a time of 20.09.

The 100m champion and sprint-superstar Usain Bolt, however, only managed to go round in 20.28, although the Jamaican is renowned for easing off and saving his best for the final (which will take place on Wednesday night in Rio).

Bruno Hortelano of Spain competes during the men's 200m heats of the Rio 2016
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Bruno Hortelano of Spain competes during the men's 200m heats of the Rio 2016SRDJAN SUKIEFE

Bolt: "The youngsters usually come out fast in the semis"

Bolt, who remains firmly on course for his historic 'triple triple' (three golds in three consecutive games), was in his usual relaxed mood despite trailing behind the “youngsters” in the heats.
“The youngsters usually come out running fast in the semis, but to win gold is another story,” he said. “You have to maintain your rhythm in the semis.”

On the prospects of Spanish runner, Hortelano, Bold told AS: “I see him as a great prospect who has grown a lot this season. I’d like to see what he’s got left for the final.”

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