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Olympics roundup: Italian Lamont Marcell Jacobs wins 100-meter race in Tokyo

Jul 29, 2021; Tokyo, Japan; A general overall view of the starting blocks on the track and Olympic rings and Japan flags at New National Stadium, the venue for track and field and opening and closing ceremonies during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 29, 2021; Tokyo, Japan; A general overall view of the starting blocks on the track and Olympic rings and Japan flags at New National Stadium, the venue for track and field and opening and closing ceremonies during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The world has a new fastest man.

Italian Lamont Marcell Jacobs won the men’s 100-meter race in a time of 9.80 seconds, well off of Usain Bolt’s world record time of 9.58, on Sunday at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. American Fred Kerley was second at 9.84, with Canadian Andre de Grasse third at 9.89.

American champion and race favorite Trayvon Bromell failed to qualify for the finals after posting a 10.00 time in the semifinals.

Kerley’s silver medal was one of 13 won by the U.S. on Sunday, moving Team USA into first place in the overall medal standings with 59. China is second with 51, followed by Russia Olympic Committee (44) Great Britain (32), and Japan and Australia (tied at 31).

The Chinese retained the lead in gold medals with 24. Rounding out the top five are the United States (20), Japan (17), Australia (14) and ROC (12).

In other Olympics action Sunday, the ninth day of the Games:

  • American Caeleb Dressel joined exclusive company with gold medals in the 50-meter freestyle and the 4×100 men’s medley relay. The wins pushed his gold-medal total in Tokyo to five as he became only the fifth swimmer ever to win that many at one Olympics. Michael Phelps won eight golds in Beijing in 2008 and Mark Spitz earned seven in Munich in 1972. Kristin Otto of East Germany won six in Seoul in 1988, and American Matt Biondi took five in those same Olympics. Phelps won six in Athens in 2004 and five in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
  • Australian Emma McKeon became the first female swimmer to win seven medals at one Olympics. In all she won gold in the women’s 50- and 100-meter freestyle events, bronze in the 100m butterfly, and two golds and two bronzes in relay events. Her 11 career medals are the most ever for an Australian athlete.
  • Penny Oleksiak became Canada’s most decorated athlete when she won the bronze medal as part of her country’s 4×100 medley relay team. She has seven Olympic medals in her career.
  • Individual competition got started in women’s gymnastics, and Nina Derwael of Belgium won the gold medal in the uneven bars. Anastasiia Iliankova of ROC and American Sunisa Lee, who won the gold in the all-around competition, finished second and third, respectively. On the vault, Rebeca Andrade of Brazil took home the gold, joined on the podium by silver medalist MyKayla Skinner of the U.S. and Seojeong Yeo of South Korea.
  • In the men’s competition, an Israeli athlete captured the country’s first Tokyo gold as Artem Dolgopyat won the floor exercise. Rayderley Zapata of Spain and Ruoteng Xiao of China won the silver and bronze, respectively. On the pommel horse, Max Whitlock took the gold medal, followed by Chih-Kai Lee of Chinese Taipeo and Kazuma Kaya of Japan.
  • In the first full day of field events, Lijiao Gong of China won the women’s shot put with a throw of 20.58 meters. American Raven Saunders earned the silver medal (19.79m), while New Zealand’s Valerie Adams took the bronze (19.62m).
  • Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela set a world record in the women’s triple jump. Her mark of 15.67 meters broke the world record of 15.50 set by Inessa Kravets of Ukraine in 1995. Patricia Mamona of Portugal took silver and Ana Peleteiro of Spain won bronze.
  • Germany’s Alexander Zverev dominated Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-1 to claim the gold medal in the men’s singles tennis event. Zverev was coming off a three-set upset of top-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic, but needed just 79 minutes to put away the Russia Olympic Committee’s Khachanov. The only set Zverev lost this week was against Djokovic.
  • American Xander Schauffele held on despite a record-breaking round by Rory Sabbatini to win gold in golf. Schauffele rallied after a bogey on the par-5 14th hole to shoot a 4-under 67 on Sunday to finish the tournament at 18-under 266. Sabbatini, of Slovakia, fired an Olympic-record 10-under 61 but had to settle for a second-place finish. one stroke behind Schauffele. Seven players finished regulation play tied for third at 15-under, but Chinese Taipei’s CT Pan — who shot 8-under 63 — claimed the bronze medal after a four-hole playoff.

–Field Level Media