Tokyo Olympics Athletics: Italy win maiden men’s 4×100 relay gold medal by a whisker with national record-shattering effort

Italy managed their first-ever victory in a relay event at the Olympics by only a millisecond.

Italy celebrate men's 4x100m relay gold medal
Italy celebrate men's 4x100m relay gold medal

Italy stunned the world as they clinched their maiden Olympic medal in the men’s 4×100 relay. Italy have had a stunning outing in athletics at the Tokyo Olympics and they added yet another feather to the cap. The Italian team which featured Lorenzo Patta, 100m champion Lamont Jacobs, Eseosa Desalu, and Filipo Tortu clocked a national record-shattering 37.50 to clinch the gold.

In the final leg, it seemed like Great Britain might run away with the pole position but Tortu gave it his all to win the gold medal by one-hundredth of a second. Great Britain had to be content with a silver medal as they clocked 37.50. Canada bagged the bronze medal with a spectacular comeback.

Andre De Grasse adds men’s 4×100 relay bronze medal to his tally with stunning effort

Andre De Grasse men's 4x100 relay
Andre De Grasse

200m champion Andre De Grasse produced a stunning sprint in the anchor leg to beat out Jamaica and China for the bronze medal. Canada clocked 37.70 to beat China by nine milliseconds to clinch the podium finish. With this, De Grasse added another medal to his Tokyo tally which boasted gold in 200m and bronze in 100m.

The Italians were ecstatic with this phenomenal performance which capped off a stunning athletic campaign for them. Tortu mounted the electronic scoring board and stood proudly on top of it, as the Italians lapped up their compatriots’ singing. Tokyo was the first time Jamaica missed out on a podium finish in the event since Usain Bolt‘s emergence.

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