June 27, 2022

Olympic Games: Injury ends Adegoke’s podium dream, as Italy’s Jacobs wins 100m final

Nigeria’s Enoch Adegoke (2nd from left) competes in the men’s 100m final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Photo: AFP

Enoch Adegoke’s dream of becoming the first Nigerian man to win a 100 metres Olympic medal came to an end on Sunday as he pulled up midway into the final of the blue ribband event that was won by Italian sprinter Lamont Marcell Jacobs.

Fred Kerley of the United States won the silver while Andre de Grasse of Canada took the bronze.

After Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes was disqualified for a false start, the 100m final, the last event of a drama-filled Sunday at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium, the race finally got underway with Adegoke, in lane 8, neck-to-neck with De Grasse, in lane 9, before he pulled up at the 60-metre mark.

It was a sad end to a glorious campaign for the Nigerian sprint champion who ran a lifetime best of 9.98s in the heats. He also equalled his former previous personal best of 10.00s during Tokyo 2020.

A sensational run of 9.79 from Jacobs saw him become the first Italian to ever win the men’s 100m and the most unlikely of successors to Usain Bolt as the sprint king of the Olympics.

In the end he came home with time to spare in a blistering run that is a personal and European best and came moments after compatriot Gianmarco Tamberi won gold in the high jump.

Tamberi, whose career almost came to an end a few years ago, and Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim both won the gold medal in the Olympic men’s high jump after being offered the chance to share the top prize by the official.

Tamberi failed to clear the bar with his final jump and embraced Barshim as they went to speak to the official and the Qatari asked “Can we not have two golds?”

The official responded “It’s possible if you both decide” and before he had finished speaking Barshim offered Tamberi his hand to agree to sharing the gold and the pair embraced before Tamberi wheeled away in celebration.

Before that, Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas smashed the triple jump world record with a stunning leap.

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