Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - Lamont Marcell Jacobs creates history as first Italian man to win 100m gold
He was making history simply by being in the final but then Lamont Marcell Jacobs carved out a very special place for himself in the annals of athletics with victory in the men's 100m final at the Olympics. An unlikely successor to Usain Bolt has been crowned. You want it? We have it. Stream every Olympic event live on discovery+.
'What a surprise!' - Jacobs celebrates shock gold for Italy in 100m upset
It led to one the most open fields in recent history and there were shocks before the final with pre-games favourite Trayvon Bromell looking out of sorts and failing to qualify.
Great Britain's Zharnel Hughes was disqualified for a false start.
'It's really, really, really amazing!' - Jacobs reacts to 'dream' 100m gold
Kerley (9.84) was the fastest athlete over the first 50 metres after a superb start from the former 400m runner.
However the powerful Jacobs gathered speed as he moved into his stride, legs pumping to move past Kerley, who also set a personal best, as the line neared.
Andre de Grasse came through to take third, completing a podium of personal bests with a time of 9.89 ahead of Akani Simbine of South Africa.
Gianmarco Tamberi e Marcell Jacobs - Tokyo 2020
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There was disappointment for Hughes, who revealed a cramp in his leg caused a twitch and his disqualification, and for Nigeria's Enoch Adegoke, who appeared to be in the medal mix before pulling up with an injury with about 30 metres to run.
Jacobs was born in El Paso, Texas but grew up on the shores of Lake Garda, and is a former Italian long jump champion.
He dipped under ten seconds in the 100m for the first time in May and twice set lifetime bests at these Olympics.
After victory, Jacobs was embraced by compatriot Tamberi to celebrate double triumph for Italy, continuing a golden sporting summer for the country.
Hughes, meanwhile, revealed to Eurosport and discovery+ expert Greg Rutherford that his false start was caused by a cramp in his lower leg.
"It wasn’t pressure," explained Hughes. "I wasn’t nervous. It’s just that my calf cramped up when I went up on ‘set’, and with the cramp I moved, which is heart-breaking. I’m really gutted right now. I worked too hard to be here to come and false start. It hurts a lot. I just have to gather my thoughts together now and try to re-focus for the 4 x 100m.
"Before I got here I was suffering with a Psoas problem and the fact that I showed up and made it to the finals, I want to give credit to my team back there.
"I’m sorry this had to happen like this, it’s just unfortunate like I said that the calf cramped and I moved. I’m sorry."
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