Olympic champion Roger Kingdom of the United States and two other Olympic medalists cruised into the semifinals of the men's 60-meter hurdles as the World Indoor Track and Field Championships began today, with two U.S. sprinters failing to show up.

In the women's 60-meter dash, all favorites moved into the semifinals, including world record holder Nelli Cooman of the Netherlands, Merlene Ottey of Jamaica and Gwen Torrence of the United States.