Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs claims shock 100m gold to succeed Usain Bolt as world’s fastest man


Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs became the fastest man in the world when he took gold in the men’s 100m final at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday — taking the spot held for the past 13 years by the now-retired Usain Bolt.

Setting a new European record in the process with a time of 9.80 seconds, Jacobs pushed U.S. sprinter Fred Kerley into second. Kerley’s time of 9.84 was just 0.05 seconds quickly than Canada’s Andre De Grasse who took Bronze.

A relative unknown, even in his home country, Jacobs was a long-jump specialist for years, and his biggest major success was an indoor 60-meter win at European champions.

“It’s a dream, really, really fantastic,” he told reporters after the event.

The son of an American father and an Italian mother, he was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Italy as a young boy when the U.S. military transferred his dad to South Korea.

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