Lamont Jacobs breaks the hegemony of America in the 100m flat – Marca Claro

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Lamont Jacobs is the new king of the 100 meter dash. – Photo: Reuters

Lamont Marcell Jacobs became the new king of the 100 meters flat after winning the gold medal on the athletics track of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium and thus, it broke with a long hegemony of sprinters belonging to America.

Since Barcelona 1992, with the gold of Linford Christie, who achieved 9.96 as representative of the United Kingdom, no European was able to become Olympic champion again, until the Italian Jacobs arrived.

It is true that Jacobs was born in El Paso, Texas, to an American father and an Italian mother, but he went to live in Italy before he was one year old.

From Christie in Barcelona 92, Donovan Bailey from Canada, Maurice Greene and Justin Gatlin from the United States, and Usain Bolt on three consecutive occasions, to once again see a European at the top of the medal table.

In the history of the Olympic Games there have only been seven European gold medalists in the 100m flat: Reggie Walker (1908), Harold Abrahams (1924), Armin Hary (1960), Valeri Borzov (1972), Allan Wells (1980), Linford Christie (1992) and finally Lamont Jacobs (2020 *)

Lamont Jacobs will be remembered as the first Italian in history to win a medal in the 100m flat, since in women’s there is the case of Giuseppina Leone’s bronze in Rome 1960.

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