Tokyo Olympics – Men’s 100m final: Zharnel Hughes disqualified as Italy take shock gold

Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs claimed a stunning victory to take the Olympic 100m title.

The Texas-born sprinter clocked 9.80 seconds in Tokyo on Sunday to finish ahead of the USA’s Fred Kerley and Canada’s Andre De Grasse.

Jacobs became the first man to win the 100m other than Usain Bolt since Justin Gatlin in 2004. 

Italy's Lamont Marcell Jacobs took a shock gold medal in the men's 100m final - the country's first ever in the event

Italy's Lamont Marcell Jacobs took a shock gold medal in the men's 100m final - the country's first ever in the event

Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs took a shock gold medal in the men’s 100m final – the country’s first ever in the event

The Italian took gold in front of USA's Fred Kerley and Andre De Grasse of Canada with all three setting personal best times

The Italian took gold in front of USA's Fred Kerley and Andre De Grasse of Canada with all three setting personal best times

The Italian took gold in front of USA’s Fred Kerley and Andre De Grasse of Canada with all three setting personal best times

Team GB’s Zharnel Hughes, the first Briton in a men’s 100m final in 21 years, was disqualified for a massive false start and was forced to watch from the sidelines. 

A devastated Hughes told BBC after the race: ‘My left calf cramped up on me and with the cramp I moved. 

‘I feel that if I was in the final I would have walked away with a medal, no doubt about it.  

‘It was out of my control. It hurts a lot. Unfortunately my calf cramped – I can’t describe it.’  

Yohan Blake missed out on the final and, with no Bolt, there were no Jamaicans in the last eight for the first time since Sydney 2000.

The 31-year-old, the joint second fastest man in the world, then insisted it would be his last Games.

Team GB's Zharnel Hughes looks on after he is disqualified for a false start in the 100m final dashing his medal hopes

Team GB's Zharnel Hughes looks on after he is disqualified for a false start in the 100m final dashing his medal hopes

Team GB’s Zharnel Hughes looks on after he is disqualified for a false start in the 100m final dashing his medal hopes

The Brit set off before the start of the race, later blaming cramp having set and that he could do very little to prevent it

The Brit set off before the start of the race, later blaming cramp having set and that he could do very little to prevent it

The Brit set off before the start of the race, later blaming cramp having set and that he could do very little to prevent it

Hughes is led away following his disqualification as the rest of the finalists get back into their marks in Tokyo

Hughes is led away following his disqualification as the rest of the finalists get back into their marks in Tokyo

Hughes is led away following his disqualification as the rest of the finalists get back into their marks in Tokyo

‘It’s definitely my last Olympics. You know track is not easy. I won’t be ungrateful. I’ve gained a lot,’ he said.

Hughes stormed to win his semi-final in 9.98s, the first time he had run sub-10 seconds this year.

After Daryll Neita reached the women’s final on Saturday it was the first time in 37 years – the Los Angeles Games – Team GB had athletes reach both finals.

Reece Prescod was disqualified from the first semi-final for a false start while CJ Ujah finished fifth in 10.11s to bow out.

Jacobs (second right) made only a reasonable start but dominated the last 50 meters of the race to take a shock gold

Jacobs (second right) made only a reasonable start but dominated the last 50 meters of the race to take a shock gold

Jacobs (second right) made only a reasonable start but dominated the last 50 meters of the race to take a shock gold

Jacobs just pipped USA's Fred Kerley across the line in an extremely tight finish to take the gold medal for Italy

Jacobs just pipped USA's Fred Kerley across the line in an extremely tight finish to take the gold medal for Italy

Jacobs just pipped USA’s Fred Kerley across the line in an extremely tight finish to take the gold medal for Italy

The three medallists stand proudly with their national flags having set personal bests in the 100m final

The three medallists stand proudly with their national flags having set personal bests in the 100m final

The three medallists stand proudly with their national flags having set personal bests in the 100m final

‘To be honest it’s just my fault, I’m not going to shy away from it, not going to blame anything, or make an excuse for it,’ said Prescod.

‘I’m a professional athlete. I shouldn’t have false started – I was amped up, I was really, really amped up.

‘Mentally I think even I didn’t realise there was a lot going on thinking on yesterday’s race. It happens, but it’s the Olympics but obviously now I’ve got to stay mentally strong, and focus on if I can bring my chance, my efforts to the relay – that’s going to be fun.’

COVERAGE OF THE 100m FINAL AS IT HAPPENED

Team GB will be chasing their first 100m gold medal since the Barcelona Games of 1992 when Zharnel Hughes lines up in lane four ahead of the final.

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.

Follow Sportsmail’s DAN RIPLEY for live coverage of the men’s 100m final at the Tokyo Olympics, including build-up, the race itself and reaction.  

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