Marcell Jacobs received the lads’s Olympic 100-meter race Sunday night time, crossing the road in 9.8 seconds to carry the marquee dash gold to Italy for the primary 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 take the spot held for the previous 13 years by the now-retired Usain Bolt.
Jacobs’ victory got here on fairly an evening for Italy. Just a few minutes earlier than his stunner, countryman Gianmarco Tamberi tied Qatari excessive jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim for gold within the excessive soar. Tamberi, writhing on the bottom, kicking his ft up in jubilation wanted somebody to hug – and located him when Jacobs, of all individuals, crossed the road first.
Earlier, Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela broke a 26-year-old world report within the triple soar with a leap of 51 ft, 5 inches (15.67 meters).
The Jacobs victory left everybody outdoors Italy – and perhaps some within the nation, as properly – letting out a collective “Who?”
He was born in El Paso, Texas – the son of an American father and an Italian mom.
He moved to Italy as a younger boy when the U.S. army transferred his dad to South Korea. He was a long-jump specialist for years, and his greatest main success was an indoor 60-meter win at European champions.
Now, he is on the identical listing with Bolt — an Olympic dash champion.
His path was made that a lot simpler when American Trayvon Bromell, who got here into Tokyo with the world’s main time and because the odds-on favourite, didn’t even make the 100-meter closing.
Bromell ran his semifinal warmth in 9.996 seconds to complete third, and stated “I’m probably not positive what I might’ve performed higher, however the race went the best way the race went.”
The day’s different gold medal went to Gong Lijao of China, who bested American Raven Saunders of the USA. Saunders, who’s brazenly homosexual and wears an “Unimaginable Hulk” masks when she competes, closed out the medals ceremony by lifting her arms above her head and forming an “X” together with her wrists.
“It’s the intersection of the place all people who find themselves oppressed meet,” she defined.