Italian Lamont Marcell Jacobs wins gold in the men’s 100 meters – .

Italian Lamont Marcell Jacobs wins gold in the men’s 100 meters – .

Longer than it seems, the track and field competition at the Olympics was the spectacle in which the great Usain Bolt turned out to be the fastest man in the world. But those days are now over: After retiring at the end of the 2017 season, Bolt left a void to fill at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which has now been filled by Italian Lamont Marcell Jacobs.

Jacobs won Sunday’s men’s 100-meter final, posting a time of 9.80 – the fastest time ever for a European athlete in the 100-meter – to educe Fred Kerley of the United States and Andre de Grasse of Canada for the gold medal. Jacobs is the first unnamed Usain Bolt to win the event since 2004, when American Justin Gatlin was the last winner before Bolt’s triple round at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Jacobs becomes the first Italian to win the event, and does so by improving his personal best by more than two tenths. Jacobs’ previous record was 10.03.

The 100-meter final required two tries, the first attempt having seen a false start from Briton Zharnel Hughes. Hughes was disqualified following his false start, prematurely ending his efforts to win the event. Enoch Adegoke of Nigeria also fell out of the race and was credited with a DNF.

Jacobs’ personal journey is interesting as he was born in El Paso, Texas to an American father and Italian mother before growing up in Desenzano del Garda. This is Jacobs’ third victory of the year, as he also won gold at the European Indoor Championships in Torun and at the Meeting international de Savona in Italy.

Men’s 100 meters final results

1. Lamont Marcell Jacobs (Italie) – 9,80
2. Fred Kerley (United States) – 9.84
André de Grasse (Canada) – 9.89
4. Akani Simbine (South Africa) – 9.93
5. Ronnie Baker (United States) – 9.95
6. Bingtian Su (Chine)-9,98
7. Enoch Adegoke (Nigeria) – DNF
8. Zharnel Hughes (Great Britain) – DQ

Jacobs’ victory marked a record-breaking day for the Italians in track and field, as compatriot Gianmarco Tamberi shared a gold in the men’s high jump with Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar. In the women’s triple jump, a new world record was set by Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela, who jumped a distance of 15.67 meters to win the gold medal.


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