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- Surprisingly, Italian Lamont Marcel Jacobs crowns himself the Olympic champion over the 100 meters in Tokyo.
- In the final he set a European record with 9.80 seconds.
- Fred Curley (USA) came in second, and Andre de Grasse (Canada) won the bronze.
Lamont Marcel Jacobs is the first Italian to win an Olympic gold medal in the men’s 100m. In a European record time of 9.80, the son of an American and an Italian beat Fred Curley (9.84 / USA) and Canadian Andre de Grasse (9.89). Jacobs had already set a European record (9.84) in the semi-finals.
Italy: Two Olympic victories within minutes
Just about 10 minutes ago, Italian Gianmarco Tampere won the gold in the high jump. The two players fell into each other’s arms after Jacobs crossed the finish line. The 26-year-old is the first European winner of the Royal Sprint since Linford Christie at Barcelona in 1992.
With his victory, Jacobs succeeds Usain Bolt, who won Olympic gold in the 100m and 200m in 2008, 2012 and 2016. The Italian’s top 100 victory time was Bolt in 2016 in Rio. Bolt’s home country, Jamaica, was not represented in this year’s final.
The Great Absent Bromella
Tray von Bromell wasn’t the big favorite in the final. The world’s best player from the United States came in third of the three semi-finals at 10.00 seconds and was not one of the “lucky losers”. Brommel finished 1,000th behind Nigeria’s Enoch Adegoke in second.
SRF Zwei, sportlive, 1.8.21, 2:50 p.m.; BAM / agencies
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