Italian star crowned as world’s fastest man after stunning 100m victory

Italian star crowned as world’s fastest man after stunning 100m victory

Italian star crowned as world’s fastest man after stunning 100m victory

Written by Zulfick Farzan

01 Aug, 2021 | 8:37 pm

The heir to Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has been crowned on the Tokyo track – and he’s Italian.

Lamont Marcell Jacobs won the blue riband event of the games with a stunning 9.80s run in a race when the top three runners all claimed personal-best times.

USA’s Fred Kerley claimed second place with a 9.84s, ahead of 2016 silver medallist Andre de Grasse of Canada with a 9.89s.

Jacobs was third in his semi-final with a 9.84s, but pulled away in the dying stages of the final to claim gold. Remarkably, he went faster than Usain Bolt did in Rio – while he hadn’t even broken 10 seconds before this year.

Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes false-started and was disqualified, while Enoch Adegoke of Nigeria pulled up halfway with injury and failed to finish. Every other runner finished in sub-10 seconds.

While Italy has twice won gold in the men’s 200m, it had never won a medal in the 100m until Jacobs broke through on Sunday night.

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