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‘4 Ferraris’: Italy race to shock 4×100 gold at Olympics

There are some issues observe followers are used to: No one stops the Jamaican girls at these Olympics and the tireless Sifan Hassan is a contender for a medal in each distance race she enters.

Different issues would possibly take some getting used to: Italy is a dash energy. It now owns the gold medal within the males’s 4×100-meter relay to go together with the surprising 100-meter gold that Marcell Jacobs received.


The Italian relay group made Jacobs a double Olympic champion Friday, because the nation pulled off a stunner to equal Jacobs’ solo triumph 5 nights earlier. Jacobs ran the second leg of Italy’s 37.5-second journey across the observe, and Filippo Tortu outraced Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake to the road.

Tortu, who was barely behind on the changeover, dipped first for a .01-second victory.

“We’re 4 Ferraris,” Tortu mentioned.

The triumph set off a second bout of Italian dash celebrations on the observe on the Olympic Stadium — two greater than anybody anticipated when these Video games opened.

Canada, that includes 200-meter champion Andre De Grasse, took bronze in 37.70. A Jamaican Olympic squad with out Usain Bolt got here in fifth to finish a run of three straight relay wins for the island nation. (One was stripped due to a doping case.)

Jamaica with Bolt was once a digital assure for gold. At these Olympics, a Jamaican girls’s group with the world’s three quickest sprinters was the surest factor going.

Elaine Thompson-Herah, the double-sprint champion in Tokyo, ran the second leg after an ungainly, however authorized, change with Briana Williams. She handed the baton to Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, the 100 silver medalist. Fraser-Pryce linked with Shericka Jackson, the 100 bronze medalist, and Jackson took the Jamaican girls residence in a national-record of 41.02 seconds. It was the night time’s least-surprising efficiency — however nonetheless spectacular.

It additionally delivered a 3rd gold of the video games for Thompson-Herah, who received the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay in Bolt-like style.

“We acquired the nationwide document, Elaine acquired her third gold medal, we’re all going residence with a gold medal, so we’re simply very grateful for the trouble,” Fraser-Pryce mentioned.

The USA received silver in 41.45 whereas the U.S. males weren’t within the stadium the day after a nasty change doomed them to a sixth-place end of their qualifying warmth.

Earlier, Hassan saved her personal run of medals in middle- and long-distance going with a bronze within the 1,500 meters to go together with her gold at the beginning of the week within the 5,000. Her project is just not over but. She’ll chase a 3rd medal within the 10,000 remaining on Saturday night time. Will probably be her sixth race in eight days.

The Ethiopian-born runner, who competes for the Netherlands, received each one in all her races in Tokyo earlier than Friday by working on the again or close to the again of the sphere and unleashing her velocity on the ultimate lap.

However she modified these ways within the 1,500 remaining by surging to the entrance right away and pushing the tempo onerous. She could not maintain it. Religion Kipyegon of Kenya lurked on Hassan’s shoulder by way of the final lap and made her transfer on the ultimate bend. Hassan could not reply.

Kipyegon went away to retain her Olympic title and set a brand new Olympic document of three minutes, 54.11 seconds. Laura Muir of Britain additionally pushed forward of Hassan to take the silver medal.

“I believe the physique could be very drained,” mentioned Hassan, who as soon as once more draped herself in a Dutch flag after her race. She made clear her purpose for the 10,000 is now not gold, it is only a medal.

“I (simply) want this,” she mentioned, holding up her bronze. “Not gold.”

Likewise, Allyson Felix wanted any coloration medal to make historical past on Day eight of the observe and area competitors in Tokyo. The 35-year-old American acquired it with a bronze within the 400 meters received in a romp by Shaunae Miller-Uibo of Bahamas, who beat Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic by .84 seconds.

Felix now stands alone because the most-decorated feminine athlete within the historical past of Olympic observe, with 10 medals. She received No. 10 lower than three years faraway from a tough being pregnant that left her questioning if she’d make it again thus far.

When it was over, she lay on her again on the observe, palms overlaying her face however with a smile peeking by way of from behind them.

“This one could be very totally different, and it’s very particular,” she mentioned. “And it simply took quite a bit to get right here.”


Additionally on Friday:

— Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda made his choice to come back to the Olympics a highly-profitable one with a gold within the 5,000 meters to go together with his silver within the 10,000. Cheptegei had mentioned he was contemplating skipping Tokyo after an damage and a run of poor type.

— Liu Shiying of China received the ladies’s javelin with a throw of 66.34 meters.

— The 50-kilometer race walkers had been up at 5.30 a.m. within the northern metropolis of Sapporo and Dawid Tomala received gold in what is perhaps the occasion’s final look on the Video games. The 50Okay stroll has been dropped from the schedule for Paris in 2024. Antonella Palmisano received the ladies’s 20Okay stroll.

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