Tokyo – There’s a new fastest man in the world.
Italy’s Marcel Jacobs won Olympic gold in the men’s 100m race on Sunday, finishing in 9.80 seconds. Jacobs, 26, was born in El Paso before moving to Italy with his mother as a young child.
Fred Carey of the United States finished second in 9.84 seconds, and Andre de Grasse of Canada was third (9.89).
The event was long dominated by Usain Bolt, who retired after the 2017 World Championships after doubling as 100- and 200-meter champion in three straight Olympics from 2008 to 2016.
In a surprise, the field did not include Trayvon Bromell of the United States, who scored the fastest lifetime best among the semifinalists: 9.77 seconds, which he ran in June.
But after struggling to finish fourth in the heat of his opening round on Saturday, he finished third in three semi-finals on Sunday, missing an automatic spot in the final by a thousandth of a second. The top four runners in the third semi-final were faster than Bromell, making him out of the final.
The field was absent from another notable American: Christian Coleman, the reigning world champion who is serving a suspension for a series of missed drug tests.
There was no clear favourite, and no one was able to fill the vast void left by Bolt, a dazzling and charismatic presence on the track and an athlete who transcended the sport. But there was a lot of intrigue for Sunday’s final as no one knew who would win.