TOKYO, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs won a stunning upset victory in the Olympic men’s 100 metres on Sunday in a European record of 9.80 seconds.
American Fred Kerley won silver while Canada’s Andre de Grasse took bronze.
WHAT THEY SAID
Lamont Marcell Jacobs:
ON WINNING GOLD
“I don’t know, it’s a dream, a dream, it is fantastic. Maybe tomorrow I can imagine what they are saying, but today it is incredible.”
ON ITALIAN HIGH JUMPER GIANMARCO TAMBERI, WHO ALSO WON GOLD SUNDAY
“When I got to Gianmarco we support each other. We all know his story — he could have won in Rio (2016) but he had an injury, but being here together is something spectacular. I believe in him and believed in myself.”
“It’s been my dream since I was a child. I need a week or so to understand what has happened. Seeing Gimbo (Tamberi) win the high jump gold fired me up a lot.”
ON PREPARING FOR THE OLYMPICS
“I’ve assembled a good staff around me in this last year; I’ve done a lot of work with my mental coach.”
ON USAIN BOLT
“I’ve won an Olympic gold after Bolt, it’s unbelievable. Tonight, staring at the ceiling, perhaps I will realize.” (Reporting by Amy Tennery in Tokyo; editing by Clare Fallon)
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