Italian Jacobs Wins 100M Race At Olympics, Succeeds Bolt As Fastest Man
2 August 2021
Italian Lamont Marcell Jacobs won the men's 100m race at the Tokyo Olympics to win gold and succeed the retired Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as the fastest man on earth.
Bolt has been dominant for the past 16 years winning gold at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
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Setting a new European record in the process with a time of 9.80 seconds, Jacobs pushed the U.S. sprinter Fred Kerley into second.
Kerley's time of 9.84 was just 0.05 seconds quickly than Canada's Andre De Grasse who took Bronze.
A relative unknown, even in his home country, Jacobs was a long-jump specialist for years, and his biggest major success was an indoor 60-meter win at European champions. He told reporters after the event:
It's a dream, really, really fantastic.
The son of an American father and an Italian mother, he was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Italy as a young boy when the U.S. military transferred his dad to South Korea.
His path was made that much easier when American Trayvon Bromell, who came into Tokyo with the world's leading time and as the odds-on favourite, failed to make the final.
Jacobs’ victory marked a momentous occasion for Italy, who just minutes earlier celebrated high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi's gold medal.
With less than two-tenths of a second separating all of the qualifying times from the men’s semifinals, there was no clear favourite to win.
China’s Su Bingtian who became the first Chinese man to reach the men’s 100m final was the fastest semifinalist with a time of 9.83 seconds — a new Asian record. But he could not emulate that in the final.
In the high jump, Tamberi shared gold with Qatari Mutaz Essa Barshim.
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