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Italy’s Marcell Jacobs claims 100m gold at Tokyo 2020 as Workforce GB’s Zharnel Hughes disqualified

Marcell Jacobs produced the race of his life to clinch the 100m gold medal for Italy ahead of hot favourite Ronnie Baker of the USA and Asian record-holder Su Bingtian of China

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Italy’s Marcell Jacobs wins gold in 100m final

Italy’s Marcell Jacobs produced a stunning upset to win the men’s 100m final at Tokyo 2020.

Marcell posted a personal-best time of 9.80 to end the 13-year reign of retired Jamaica legend Usain Bolt as 100m Olympic champion.

USA’s Fred Kerley and Canada’s Andre De Grasse – who finished third of at Rio 2016 – also ran personal bests of 9.84 and 9.89 to claim the silver and bronze medals respectively.

China’s Su Bingtian set an Asian record as he qualified fastest in the semi-finals with a formidable time of 9.83, but he was unable to replicate his heroics in the final with a disappointing sixth-place finish.








Jacobs produced one of the upsets of Tokyo 2020 to claim gold for Italy
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USA’s Ronnie Baker went into the final as favourite but finished fifth with a time of 9.95.

Baker’s compatriot Trayvon Bromell was tipped for 100m glory ahead of the Olympic Games but his time of 10 seconds flat was not enough to progress from the second semi-final, which was won by Team GB’s Zharnel Hughes with a time of 9.98.

But Hughes’ hopes of gold in the final were over before they began due to a clear false start which saw him disqualified.





The other runner in the race, Nigeria’s Enoch Obaloluwa Adegoke, appeared to suffer a muscle injury after the first 50 metres and did not finish.

USA legend Michael Johnson predicts a “new world order” of sprinters may come to the fore as the traditional heavyweights of athletics are toppled.

“It’ll be interesting to see if there is a new world order with some of the things that we’re seeing,” the four-time gold medalist told BBC Sport.



“This Olympics is a little bit strange so things may go back to how they were before.

“Or this may actually spur on some of these countries where we’re seeing new talent come through to say ‘hey, we can do this at this level!’

“There’s nothing like succeeding at the Olympics to give you that hope and confidence.”

Team GB hero Denise Lewis added: “That was just a phenomenal piece of sprinting.

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“Technically, it was a beautiful transition and he just kept his form.

“Full credit to Lamont Marcell Jacobs. He’s had a really good season and was getting better through the rounds, so it’s just rewards.”

Meanwhile, former 400m gold-medalist Christine Ohuruogu admitted she thought Baker was a shoo-in for victory, saying: “This is what makes our sport so beautiful and what makes the Olympics come alive.

“I think you have seen the Olympic spirit, I love my sport. What a result, I would not have picked Jacobs to have let alone medalled, my money was on Ronnie Baker.”

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