Italy's Jacobs sprints to shock gold in Olympics 100-meter dash

The Nation  |  Aug 02, 2021

Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs claimed a shock win in the men’s 100-meter final at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.

The 26-year-old, who was a long jumper up until 2018, raced home in 9.80 seconds, just 0.04 seconds ahead of American sprinter Fred Kerley.

Canada’s Andre de Grasse took the bronze medal with a finish of 9.89 seconds.

Jacobs became the first Italian to ever win an Olympics medal in the men’s 100-meter dash. His gold is also the first for a European athlete in the event since the 1992 Barcelona Games.

Another Italian athlete, Gianmarco Tamberi, tied for gold with Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar in the men’s high jump on Sunday, while Maksim Nedasekau of Belarus won the bronze medal.

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