Despite a deserted Olympic stadium, socially distanced medal ceremonies and the fact that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics aren’t even taking place in 2020, the first two-and-a-half days of track events at this year’s Olympics, came to a climax as the Women’s 100m experienced a Jamaican clean sweep, and the Men’s 100m gold went to an Italian for the time first-ever.
Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah won the women’s 100 metres at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday with a time of 10:61 seconds as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took silver and Shericka Jackson won the bronze medal to make it a clean sweep for Jamaica.
Thompson-Herah’s race time broke Florence Griffith Joyner’s 33-year-old Olympic record of 10.62. She also defended the Olympic title she won in 2016. Saturday’s race was Thompson-Herah’s third Olympic gold medal.
According to ESPN, this was also the first Jamaican sweep of the medals since the women did such at the 2008 Beijing Games.
LAMONT MARCELL JACOBS
26-year-old Jacobs, a powerfully-built converted long jumper who had never run faster than 10.03 before this year and needed a time qualifier just to make it to the 100m final ran 9.80, having pulled away from the USA’s Fred Kerley over the final 20 meters to win a shocking gold.
It was Italy’s first-ever in the 100m, from their first-ever finalist in the men’s Olympic 100 meters. Kerley took silver in 9.84s and Canada’s Andre de Grasse, a bronze medallist at the 2016 Rio Games, repeated his feat in 9.89sec in Tokyo.
Jacobs, upon crossing the finish line, emitted a series of screams and ran straight into the arms of his countryman Gianmarco Tamberi, who minutes earlier had won the Olympic high jump title, splitting the gold with Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim.
It was the first time since the 2000 Sydney Games there was no Jamaican in the final, and also the first time since Athens 2004 the Men’s 100m would take place without Usain Bolt, who won three consecutive Olympic 100m titles in Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro, as well as three straight 200m crowns.