The emergence of a new Olympic Men’s 100m champion was on the cards after Jamaican Bolt called it a day after his terrific runs in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016 to complete a hat-trick of 100s.
But hardly anybody put their bets on Italian Jacobs who clocked 9.80s – a Continental record, to take the Olympic 100m Gold Medal to Italy. Though American Fred Karley was fancied to the title in the absence of Bolt, it was not so as he had to be satisfied with the Silver – a personal best 9.84s. Canadian Andre de Grasse pocketed the Bronze Medal in a personal best 9.89s.
The 26-year-old son of an Italian mother and an American father, he was born in El Paso, Texas, USA, where he spent less than the first month of his childhood.
When his father was transferred to South Korea, he moved to Desenzano del Garda with his mother.
He began practising athletics there at the age of 10, initially preferring sprinting and then discovering the long jump in 2011.
He later moved to Rome, where he lives with his partner Nicole and his two children, Anthony (born 2019) and Megan (born 2021). Jacobs has a son, Jeremy (born 2013), from a previous relationship when he was just 19 years old.
The race had an inauspicious start as a false start disqualified Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes. That’s not all as another finalist – Nigerian Enoch Adegoke pulled out of the race midway, making only six eligible contestants at the end.
If somebody analyses the 100m race from the first-round, it is evident that Jacobs has really earned his win.
Jacobs, who won heat 3 in personal best 9.94s when Sri Lankan Yupun Abeykoon finished fifth with 10.32s, further improved in the semi-finals.
He established a European best 9.84s to finish third in semi-final 3 behind China’s Bingtian Su (9.83s) and USA’s Ronnie Barker (photo finish second with 9.83s).
All eight finalists who entered the grand Men’s 100m final had fared exceptionally well, going under 10s.
Beside Jacobs, Su and Barker, the others to run under 10s and enter Men’s 100m final were Fred Karley (USA – 9.86s), Akani Simbine (South Africa – 9.84s), Zharnel Hughes (Great Britain – 9.98s), Andre de Grasse (Canada – 9.91s) and Enoch Adegoke (Nigeria – 9.98s).
There was a new world record in Yulimar Rojas form Venezuela in Women’s triple jump. She had a leap of 15.67m to erase the previous mark of 15.50 held by Innesa Kravets of Ukraine since 1995.