Friday, September 17, 2021

Lamont Jacobs wins 100m gold in 9.80 seconds in Tokyo Olympics

Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs became the world fastest man alive, winning men’s 100m gold with a time of 9.80s.

Jacobs outshone a field of unusual suspects to claim a shock gold at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday. American Fred Kerley clocked 9.84sec to take silver. Canada’s Andre de Grasse, a bronze medallist at the 2016 Rio Games, repeated the feat in 9.89sec.

In women’s section, Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah blazed to 100 metres gold on Saturday, becoming the fastest woman alive. She denied compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce a third Olympic title.

Indian Sprinter Dutee Chand ran her season’s best but still failed to qualify to the semi-finals of women’s 200m as she clocked a time of 23.85 seconds to finished last in the heat this morning.

In yesterday’s other Athletic events, China’s Gong Lijiao won gold in Women’s shotput at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium. The United States’ Raven Saunders picked up silver and New Zealand’s Valerie Adams claimed bronze.

Venezuelan triple jumper Yulimar Rojas soared out to 15.67 metres on to smash the world record with her final attempt, as she became the first woman Olympic champion in her country’s history. Patricia Mamona of Portugal won silver with 15.01m, a national record. The bronze went to Spain’s Ana Peleteiro with 14.87, also a national record.

In Men’s high jump, Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi, ended with jumps of 2.37 metres and had no failed attempts until they attempted to clear 2.39. After three failures each at that height, an Olympic official first offered them a jump-off to decide the winner. But Barshim persuaded organisers to let him share it with his friend and rival, Tamberi. The official agreed and both athletes shared gold. Maksim Nedasekau from Belarus, who also cleared 2.37m in high jump, won bronze, on countback.

 

 

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