Tokyo Olympics: Lamont Marcell Jacobs Wins Gold In 100m Final
Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs claimed a shock gold in the Olympic 100m final, after Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes was disqualified for a false start.
Jacobs, who only switched away from long jump in 2018, streaked clear to win in 9.80 seconds, 0.04 clear of American Fred Kerley.
Canada’s Andre de Grasse won a second successive Olympic bronze in third.
World champion Christian Coleman and Trayvon Bromell, the world’s fastest in 2021, were both absent from the final.
Nigerian’s Olympic first timer Enoch Adegoke who was the first Nigerian to qualify for the men’s 100m finals since 1996, was unable to finish as he appeared to sustain a injury midway through the race.
On Saturday Adegoke won his Heat with a new Personal Best time of 9.98secs. He became the 11th Nigerian in history to go under the 10secs mark in the event and with that, Nigeria now ties with the UK in the 3rd spot in the list of countries who have produced sub 10secs runners.
Coleman, banned for whereabouts failures after missing three drugs tests, and Bromell, eliminated in the semi-finals, were joined on the sidelines by the long-retired defending champion Usain Bolt.