1st August, 2021
Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs won the Olympics 100 metres gold as Nigeria’s medal hope Enoch Adegoke tragically crashed out about 25 metres to the end of the race.
Adegoke who came second in his semi-final heat and and had run 9.80 seconds in the preliminary heat, developed hamstring injury, groping his right thigh in intense pain.
Itshekiri who collapsed in the semi-final developed a similar injury.
Jacobs, who won the race in 9.80 seconds has thus succeeded Usain Bolt as the 100m Olympic champion.
USA’s Fred Kerley claimed silver with a run of 9.84, while Andre De Graase picked up bronze with a 9.89 dash.
De Graase also finished third behind Bolt – who has since retired from sprinting – in Rio.
Jacobs used to be a long jumper, while he was crowned 60m sprinting champion at the European Indoor Championships this year.
British sprinter Zharnel Hughes was disqualified for a false start.
How they ended:
9.80 – Lamont Marcell Jacobs
9.84 – Fred Kerley
9.89 – Andre De Grasse
9.93 – Akani Simbine
9.95 – Ronnie Baker
9.98 – Su Bingtian
DNF – Enoch Adegoke
DQ – Zharnel Hughes