Marcell Jacobs won the men’s Olympic 100-meter race Sunday night time, crossing the line in 9.8 seconds to deliver the marquee sprint gold to Italy for the first time.
Even in a race with no clear favorites, Jacobs was a shock. He topped America’s Fred Kerley and Canada’s Andre DeGrasse to just take the place held for the earlier 13 years by the now-retired Usain Bolt.
Jacobs’ victory came on fairly a night for Italy. Only a few minutes right before his stunner, countryman Gianmarco Tamberi tied Qatari large jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim for gold in the higher jump.
Tamberi, writhing on the floor, kicking his ft up in jubilation necessary anyone to hug – and discovered him when Jacobs, of all people today, crossed the line to start with.
Before, Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela broke a 26-year-outdated globe document in the triple leap with a leap of 51 feet, 5 inches (15.67 meters).
The Jacobs victory still left every person outdoors Italy – and probably some in the country, as well – permitting out a collective “Who?”
He was born in El Paso, Texas – the son of an American father and an Italian mother.
He moved to Italy as a younger boy when the U.S. armed service transferred his father to South Korea.
He was a extensive-jump professional for yrs, and his largest significant accomplishment was an indoor 60-meter get at European champions.
Now, he’s on the very same record with Bolt — an Olympic sprint winner.
His path was made that much simpler when American Trayvon Bromell, who arrived into Tokyo with the world’s major time and as the odds-on favorite, didn’t even make the 100-meter remaining.
Bromell ran his semifinal heat in 9.996 seconds to end third, and said “I’m not actually guaranteed what I could’ve accomplished far better, but the race went the way the race went.”
The day’s other gold medal went to Gong Lijao of China, who bested American Raven Saunders of the United States. Saunders, who is overtly gay and wears an “Incredible Hulk” mask when she competes, shut out the medals ceremony by lifting her arms previously mentioned her head and forming an “X” with her wrists.
“It’s the intersection of exactly where all people who are oppressed meet,” she discussed.