Tokyo 2020: Italy’s Lamont Jacobs wins men’s 100m Olympics final as Adegoke fails to finish


Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs claimed Olympics gold in the men’s 100m on Sunday, breaking retired Jamaican star Usain Bolt’s 13-year hold on the blue riband event.

This is as Nigeria’s Enoch Adegoke did not finish the race as he got injured.

Jacobs, 26, timed a European record of 9.80 seconds, with American Fred Kerley taking silver in 9.84sec in one of the most understated major 100m races in recent times.

Canada’s Andre de Grasse, a bronze medallist at the 2016 Rio Games, repeated the feat in 9.89.

In the competition, Enoch Adegoke broke Nigeria’s records in athletics at the Olympics.

Adegoke became Nigeria’s first 100m Olympic finalist since 1996 clocking 10.00s in heat 2 of men’s 100m semis.

With this, he broke a 25-year record after Davidson Ezinwa at Atlanta in 1996.

In the semi-final, Adegoke ended up in second place in 10.00secs, the same time as American T. Brommell, with Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, who clocked 9.98secs, in the first place.

Compatriot Usheoritse Itsekiri crashed out in the semi-finals of the men’s 100m after he finished seventh in his heat in 10.29secs.

Adegoke’s 10.00secs was the slowest among the eight athletes who qualified for the final, and the Nigerian, who clocked 9.98secs on the way to the semis, hoped to be in the form of his life to end up on the podium.