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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