TOKYO 2020: Marcell Jacobs wins Gold to become first Italian to win Olympics 100m race

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taly's Lamont Marcell Jacobs (C) celebrates after winning the men's 100m final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 1, 2021. US Kerley (R) won silver medal and Canadian De grasse (L) won bronze medal. (Photo by Elif Ozturk Ozgoncu / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs (C) celebrates after winning the men’s 100m final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 1, 2021. US Kerley (R) won silver medal and Canadian De grasse (L) won bronze medal. (Photo by Elif Ozturk Ozgoncu / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Marcell Jacobs produced the best run of his career to win the Tokyo 2020 Men’s 100m Gold, making him the first ever Italian to win the race at the Olympics.

The 26-year-old crossed the finish line at 9.80 seconds, ahead of Fred Kerley of the United States who posted a time of 9.84 seconds and Canada’s Andre De Grasse who came in at 9.99 seconds.

The first of Africa’s two athletes competing in the final, Akani Simbine of South Africa, finished fourth in a time of 9.93 seconds.

Kerley’s country mate, Ronnie Baker came in fifth at 9.95 seconds head of record-writing Chinese sprinter Su Bingtian who posted a time of 9.98 seconds.

The second African athlete in the final, Enoch Olaoluwa Adegoke of Nigeria, failed to finish the race after pulling a hamstring midway.

Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes was disqualified from the race for a false start.

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