Africa’s hope in Akani Simbine of South Africa and Nigeria’s Enoch Adegoke for a podium finish in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games was dashed.
Simbine who qualified for the final in 9.90 seconds finished 4th clocking 9.93 seconds in Saturday afternoon’s final.
Adegoke, however, didn’t finish the race as he pulled a muscle just above the halfway point.
The 21-year-old qualified for the final with a time of 10.00 seconds in semifinal 2 and qualified for the semifinal with a new Personal Best of 9.98 seconds to win his heat.
Italian Marcell Lamont Jacobs won the race with a new European record of 9.80 seconds, becoming the first-ever Italian to win 100m Olympic gold.
GRANDE JACOBS, GRANDE ITALIA 🇮🇹
Marcell Lamont Jacobs is the #Olympics 100m champion!
— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) August 1, 2021
American Fred Kerley came second for silver in 9.84 seconds while Canada’s Andre De Grasse picked the bronze medal.
— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) August 1, 2021