Few people gave Lamont Marcell Jacobs a chance to win the men’s 100-meter final at the 2021 Olympics. After all, the Italian sprinter didn’t break the 10-second mark in the 100-meter event until 2021, so there were questions about how fast he could run in Tokyo.
Jacobs responded to all of them on Sunday. He set his personal best in the 100-meter race with a 9.8-second mark to win the gold medal in one of the best track and field events.
Jacobs just surpassed Fred Kerley from the United States and Canadian Andre De Grasse with his fiery career. Both men also set personal records, with Kerley finishing in 9.84 seconds and De Grasse in 9.89. They obtained silver and bronze respectively.
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As you can see, the end was extremely close, but Jacobs managed to emerge from a head.
How big was the surprise of Jacobs’ win? July 8th FanDuel sports betting gave him the seventh best chance to win the event at 31-1. In other words, Jacobs was expected to challenge for a place in the eight-man final, but the books didn’t think he had a chance to beat some of the other top competitors, including Kerley and De Grasse.
|Bromell Tray||United States||+115|
|Fred kerley||United States||+550|
|Akani Simbine||South Africa||+550|
|Ronnie baker||United States||+650|
|Andre De Grasse||Canada||+650|
Jacobs’s victory was certainly a surprise, but so was Tray de Bromell’s performance. The runner from USA was expected to be the main competitor on the field and was favored as the first non-Usain Bolt runner to win 100 meters of gold since Justin Gatlin (USA) won the career in 2004.
However, Bromell retired in the semifinals of the race. He set a 10.00 o’clock mark in qualifying and was unable to advance to the final as he was one millisecond behind the Nigerian Enoch Adegoke. That opened the door for Jacobs to build his career and become the first Italian to win a medal in the 100 meter sprint.
Jacobs entered the Olympics as the eighth sprinter in the world. It’s safe to say that is likely to change now that Jacobs has won the title of fastest man in the world.