Italian race shocking 4×100 gold at the Olympics


Tokyo — There are some things that truck fans are familiar with. No one will stop Jamaican women at these Olympics. Tireless Sifan Hassan is a medal candidate in all the distance races she participates in.

It may take some time to get used to other things: Italy is a sprint power. In line with the shocking 100m gold medal won by Marcel Jacobs, he won the gold medal in the men’s 4x100m relay.

The Italian relay team made Jacobs the double Olympic champion on Friday. The country was as shocking as Jacobs’ solo victory five days ago. Jacobs ran the second leg of Italy’s 37.5-second course, and Filippo Tortu overtook England’s Nethaneel Mitchell Blake.

Tortu, who was slightly behind in the switch, fell first for a 0.01 second victory.

“We are four Ferraris,” Tortu said.

The victory began the second match of the Italian Sprint celebration on the track of the Olympic Stadium. That’s two more than everyone expected when these games were opened.

Featuring 200-meter champion Andre De Grasse, Canada won the bronze medal at 37.70. The Jamaican Olympic team without Usain Bolt finished fifth in the island nation’s third straight victory. (One was stripped due to a doping incident.)

Jamaica with bolts was once a de facto guarantee of gold. The Jamaican women’s team, with the world’s three fastest sprinters, was the surest event at these Olympics.

Tokyo’s double sprint champion Elaine Thompson Hera ran Round 2 after a nasty but legal exchange with Brianna Williams. She handed the baton to 100 silver medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser Price. Fraser Price connected with 100 bronze medalist Shericka Jackson, who brought a Jamaican woman home with a national record of 41.02 seconds. It wasn’t the most amazing performance of the night, but it was still impressive.

He also brought a third gold medal to Thompson Hera, who won the 100, 200 and 4×100 relays like Bolt.

“We have set a national record. Elaine has won her third gold medal. We are all returning home with a gold medal. We are very grateful for the effort,” Fraser Price said. Told.

The United States won the silver medal at 41.45, but the Americans weren’t at the stadium the day after finishing sixth in the qualifying heat due to a bad exchange.

Previously, Hassan maintained his medal at medium and long distances and won a bronze medal at 1,500 meters to win a gold medal at 5,000 meters at the beginning of the week. Her mission is not over yet. She chases the third medal in the 10,000 final on Saturday night. It will be the 6th race in 8 days.

The Dutch-born Ethiopian runner ran behind or near the back of the field in all races in Tokyo by Friday, demonstrating speed and winning the final lap.

However, she changed these tactics in the 1,500 finals by quickly moving forward and increasing her pace. She couldn’t hold it. Kenya’s Faith Chepngetich lurked on Hassan’s shoulders on the last lap and moved her at the last turn. Hassan was unable to respond.

Kipiegon left to hold the Olympic title and set a new Olympic record of 3 minutes 54.11 seconds. Britain’s Laura Muir also won the silver medal ahead of Hassan.

“I think my body is very tired,” said Hassan, who wore the Dutch flag again after the race. She revealed that the 10,000 goal is no longer gold, but just a medal.

“I (just) need this,” she said with a bronze. “It’s not gold.”

Similarly, Allyson Felix needed a colored medal to make history on the eighth day of athletics in Tokyo. The 35-year-old American won the 400-meter bronze medal in Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uivo, who defeated Marileidy Paulino in the Dominican Republic in 0.84 seconds.

Felix is ​​currently the most decorated female athlete in the history of the Olympic track, winning 10 medals. She took 10th place less than three years after her difficult pregnancy and wondered if she could return to this point.

When that was over, she lay on her back on the truck, covering her face with both hands, but peeking from behind with a smile.

“This is very different and very special,” she said. “And it took me a lot of time to get here.”

Also on Friday:

— Joshua Cheptegay of Uganda has decided to participate in a very profitable Olympic Games with 5,000 meters of gold and 10,000 meters of silver. Cheptegay said he was considering skipping Tokyo after an injury and illness.

— China’s Liu Shiyan won the women’s javelin throw with a 66.34 meter pitch.

The —50 km walk took place at 5:30 am in a city in northern Sapporo, and David Tomala won a gold medal that could be his last appearance in the tournament. 50K walking has been removed from the 2024 Paris schedule. Antonella Palmisano won the women’s 20K walk.

Gerald Imray

Associated Press