The Olympic Stadium, Tokyo (CNN)Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs set a brand new European document as he claimed a shock victory within the guys 100m on the Tokyo Olympics.
Jacobs’ triumphing time of 9.80 seconds on Sunday saw him end 0.04 seconds beforehand of us’s Fred Kerley in second and 0.09 seconds in advance of Canada’s Andre De Grasse in 1/3.
It capped a glorious few minutes for Italy at the Olympic Stadium with Jacobs’ victory coming rapidly after Gianmarco Tamberi’s gold medal inside the excessive jump.
The 2 guys embraced as Jacobs — the first Italian man to win 100m gold on the Olympics and the primary ECU guy to accomplish that since wonderful Britain’s Linford Christie in 1992 — surged across the end line.
“It was my early life dream to win Olympic games, and manifestly, a dream can become something specific, however, to run this final and win its miles a dream come real,” stated 26-year-antique Jacobs.
“I need to thank my family that has continually supported me, my youngsters, and my mother, who has been my number one fan seeing that I was an infant, and my crew who have observed me and those who support me.”
On hot, humid nighttime in Tokyo where the temperature hovered around 30 degrees Celsius (86 ranges Fahrenheit), the race got underway in nervy circumstances when GB’s Zharnel Hughes changed into disqualified for a false begin.
It proved to be a stroke of success for Jacobs, who had the slowest response day out of the blocks — more than half of a 2d — during the primary beginning.
Jacobs, Kerley, and De Grasse all ran non-public bests within the final, with De Grasse including some other bronze medal to the one he won at the Rio Olympics 5 years ago.
In the first men’s 100m very last for the reason that 3-time champion Usain Bolt retired from athletics,
Jacobs — whose prevailing time turned into zero.01 seconds faster than Bolt’s in Rio –
– changed into a not-going successor to the Jamaican.
He had been competing in the long soar till as currently as 2017 before switching his cognizance completely to sprinting.
“I honestly did not understand something about him. It became my first time racing him on the Monaco Diamond League (in July),” Kerley later said of Jacobs. “He did a first-rate task (right here).”
Kerley had completed third at America Olympic trials in June behind Trayvon Bromell –
– billed as the favorite to win the 100m name beforehand of the Olympics — and Ronnie Baker. But, Bromell wasn’t able to qualify for the final in Tokyo and Baker completed 5th at the back of South Africa’s Akani Simbine.
“I achieved the race perfectly and that I came up with a silver medal. I cannot whinge,” said Kerley.
“The race became beautiful. I got a PB (non-public first-rate) and a silver medal. I’m blessed to be at the largest stage of my career.”
On incident-stuffed nighttime in Tokyo, Tamberi shared the guys’ excessive leap gold medal with Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim. The two guys had equal data after clearing 2.37 meters in the very last,
but neither changed into able to clear 2.39.
Quickly earlier than that, Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas smashed the girls’ triple jump global record through 17 centimeters,
sealing the gold medal with a distance of 15.67 meters.