Tokyo Olympics: Italy’s Jacobs wins men’s 100 metres

Jacobs, 26, timed a European record of 9.8 seconds, with American Fred Kerley taking silver in 9.84 seconds [Andrew Boyers/Reuters]
Photo: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Lamont Marcell Jacobs of Italy won the men’s 100 metres gold at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, breaking retired Jamaican star and fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt’s 13-year hold on the event.

The Italian broke the European record with 9.80 seconds timing. American Fred Kerley finished second in 9.84 seconds.

The Tokyo Olympics are the first since Athens in 2004 to take place without Bolt, who went on to win three consecutive Olympic 100 metres titles in Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro, as well as three straight 200 metres crowns.

And for the first time since the 2000 Sydney Games, there was no Jamaican in the final, Bolt’s longtime former teammate Yohan Blake failing to qualify from his semi-final.