TOKYO — For more than a decade, one man reigned supreme in the men’s 100-meter dash. He swept Olympic gold medals and world championships, racing at a legendary level that no one else could match.
Now, Usain Bolt is retired, and his absence at the Tokyo Olympics gave way to a deep, determined field, all fighting for his title as the fastest man in the world.
Italian Lamont Marcell Jacobs was the one who took it Sunday.
Jacobs took gold in the first Olympic 100-meter final of the post-Bolt era, finishing with a personal-best time of 9.80 seconds. American Fred Kerley took the silver in 9.84, and Andre De Grasse of Canada finished third to earn the bronze in 9.89.
Jacobs qualified third from the semifinals. Coming into Tokyo, his best finish this season was second at the Diamond League meet in Stockholm. Ranked No. 8 in the world, Jacobs was 19th at the 2019 world championships.
Trayvon Bromell, who was considered the favorite in Tokyo, bowed out in the semifinal round. The U.S. has not won gold in the men’s 100 since Justin Gatlin in 2004.
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