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The New World's Fastest Man: Italy's Lamont Jacobs Wins 100m Final

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Lamont Jacobs 100m Tokyo Olympics
Lamont Jacobs 100m Tokyo Olympics
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The Tokyo Olympics officially crowned Italian Lamont Jacobs as the new fastest man alive on Sunday morning.

Jacobs ran the best 100m race of his life, posting a personal best time of 9.80 in the final race. American Fred Kerley (9.84) and Canadian Andre de Grasse (9.89) took home the silver and bronze, respectively, as both also posted personal bests.

Jacobs’ victory was stunning on multiple levels. He hadn’t run a 100m in under 10 seconds until 2021, and he is the first Italian man to win the 100m.

Usain Bolt won the 100m at the last three Olympics.

American Trayvon Bromell, who had the fastest time in the world this year (9.77) and was a favorite, failed to qualify for the final after running a 10.00. He was third in the second semifinal, missing the automatic qualification (second place) by less than one hundredth of a second.

Ronnie Baker, another U.S. sprinter, finished fifth in the final with a 9.95.

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