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The men’s 100-meter dash was won by Marcell Jacobs, who clocked in at 9.80 seconds.
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On Sunday, Lamont Marcell Jacobs of Italy shocked the world by winning the men’s 100-meter dash in the Tokyo Olympics, besting a group that included some very unlikely contenders.
During one of the most subdued major championship 100m races in recent memory, 26-year-old Jacobs set a European record with a timing of 9.80 seconds, and American Fred Kerley won silver in 9.84sec.
Andre de Grasse of Canada,
Who won bronze at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, ran the same distance in 9.89 seconds. A stunning light show was used to introduce the competitors, with the stadium’s floodlights being turned off and 12 projectors showing 3D views of the world before focusing in on the Tokyo cityscape and each sprinter’s name.
After the power was restored, Zharnel Hughes in lane four made a disastrous false start, and the British citizen born in Anguilla didn’t even try to challenge his disqualification.
The American-born Jacobs, who was racing in lane three and wore a light blue singlet and lycra shorts, got out to a strong start, maintained his composure during the drive phase, and surged to the finish line.
Jacobs, who had just Won gold with his Italian Partner Gianmarco Tamberi in the men’s high Jump, ran Joyfully into Tamberi’s Arms.
With pre-race favourite Trayvon Bromell shockingly eliminated in the semi-finals with China’s Su Bingtian and Europe’s Jacobs setting new marks in sweltering heat of 30 degrees Celsius (84 degrees Fahrenheit), the race had a somewhat disappointing build-up and vibe.
After winning the 100-meter and 200-meter events in the Beijing, London, and Rio de Janeiro Olympics in a row, Usain Bolt will not be competing in the 100-meter or 200-meter events at the Tokyo Olympics for the first time since the 2004 Games in Athens.
Bolt’s long-time former teammate Yohan Blake did not advance from his semi-final, making it the first time since the 2000 Sydney Games that there was no Jamaican in the final.
Instead, the field was stacked with sprinters who are less well-known on a global scale, with Jacobs’ only notable accomplishment being his win in the European 60-meter indoor championship earlier this year.
The 100-meter dash in Tokyo, and the media attention surrounding it, may have been a disappointing copy of Bolt’s glory years, when the charismatic Jamaican not only dominated the sprints but also grabbed an audience of genuinely global proportions.
After Bolt’s Retirement in 2017,
The blue riband race hasn’t had the same spectacle, but a new generation of sprinting hopefuls has emerged.
No one has yet been able to live up to the enormous pressure of being called “the athlete to fill Bolt’s spikes.”
Furthermore, because to coronavirus limitations in Japan’s capital, the 68,000-person capacity Olympic Stadium in Tokyo was empty.
There were instead only small groups of athletes and team officials who made an effort to generate some buzz for what is usually the most watched event of the Olympics on television throughout the world.