Zharnel Hughes is DISQUALIFIED from the men’s 100m final at Tokyo Olympics for a false start as Italy’s Lamont Jacobs secures shock gold medal in 9.8s ahead of Fred Kerley and Andre De Grasse
Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs claimed a surprise win in the men’s 100 metres final at the Olympics as Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes was disqualified for a huge false start.
Born in El Paso, Texas, Jacobs came home in a time of 9.8 seconds, edging out Fred Kerley of the United States by 0.04secs.
Canada’s Andre De Grasse collected a second successive bronze in the event, having also finished third at Rio 2016.
A devastated Hughes told BBC after the race: ‘My left calf cramped up on me. I felt if I was in the final I would have won a medal – no doubt about it.
‘Unfortunately my calf cramped – I can’t describe it.’
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Hughes reached the final after impressively winning his semi-final, defeating this year’s fastest man in Trayvon Bromell in the process.
With the field missing Bromell, the retired Olympic champion in Usain Bolt and the world champion in Christian Coleman, it is set to be the most open men’s 100m final in a generation.
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