Bolt who ran his first sub-20 since the start of the season, was first in his semi-final in 19.95.
“I am not feeling as tired as yesterday, so I’m confident…I’m not gonna let Gatlin beat me that’s for sure,” said Bolt in a post race interview.
The informed American Justin Gatlin was first in his semi-final race with 19.87.
The other Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade, was second in his semi-finals with 20.19 behind British sprinter, Zharnel Hughes.
Warren Weir and Julian Forte failed to advance after finishing seventh and eight respectively.