Tokyo 2020: Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs Wins Men’s 100 Meter Gold, Succeeds Usain Bolt
In one of the most shocking surprises of the Tokyo Olympics, Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs has won the men’s 100-meter final in a personal best and European record of 9.80.
Jacobs succeeded Usain Bolt as the 100m Olympic champion at Tokyo 2020 to become the first Italian to take gold in this event. Bolt had won the event at the last three Olympic Games. »
“It was my childhood dream to win an Olympics Games and obviously a dream can turn into something different, but to run this final and win it is a dream come true,” Jacobs said.
Sunday’s Olympic final was the first one not featuring Usain Bolt since 2004. It was also the first time since 2000 that no Jamaican sprinter reached the Olympic final. Instead, history was made as it was the first time ever an Italian man has won gold in the men’s 100 meters.
USA’s Fred Kerley claimed silver with a run of 9.84, while Andre De Graase picked up bronze with a 9.89 dash.
De Graase also finished third behind Bolt – who has since retired from sprinting – in Rio
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Jacobs is also a long jumper, while he was crowned 60m sprinting champion at the European Indoor Championships this year.
Congratulations Jacobs, keep winning!