Olympic 100m winner Lamont Jacobs only recorded first sub-10 second time in May

Olympic Men's 100m champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs did not record a sub-10 second time in the event until May this year.

The 26-year-old became Italy's first gold medallist in the Men's 100m on Sunday as the the race was won by someone other than Usain Bolt for the first time since 2004.

The European Indoor 60m champion's victory came shortly after Italy had won joint-gold in the Men's High Jump through Gianmarco Tamberi.

These victories cap a memorable summer for Italians after their footballers won the European Championships in July and they were crowned winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in May.

Jacobs, who was born in Texas to an American father and Italian mother, competed in the long jump until 2018 after moving to Italy before his first birthday.

He had previously failed to reach the final of the 100m at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar in 2019 and his best Diamond League returns this year are second and third in Stockholm and Monaco, respectively.

Jacobs set a personal best and national record in each of the heat, semi-final and final in Tokyo with ever-quickening times of 9.94, 9.84 and 9.80.

His runs in the semi-final and final also broke the men's 100m European record as the man nicknamed 'Crazy' shocked the world to claim gold.

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Pre-event favourite Trayvon Brommell of the USA crashed out in the semi-finals to leave the door open to the rest of the field, as Jacobs capitalised.

The father-of-two finished ahead of silver medallist American Fred Kerley and Canada's Andre De Grasse in third, who also won bronze in Rio five years ago.

It was disappointment for Team GB's Zarnell Hughes, who was disqualified prior to the race due to a false start that he put down to cramping in his calf.

Jacobs cannot celebrate for long, as he prepares to compete in the Men's 4 x 100m Relay at the end of the week alongside teammates Davide Manenti, Lorenzo Patta, Hillary Polanco Rijo and Filippo Tortu.

The heats will take place on Thursday before the final occurs at 10 to 11 on Friday night, Tokyo time.

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