BREAKING: British 100m Favorite Disqualified From Finals at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/01/2021, 12:35 PM EDT


Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain suffered an unfortunate end to his journey in the Tokyo Olympics. Although he won his semifinal earlier today, a false start saw him disqualified from the final.

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While the Briton looked a favorite to take a medal in Tokyo, he left empty-handed to cap off a disappointing day on the track for the British.

Zharnel Hughes makes a false start in the men’s 100m final at the Tokyo Olympics

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The men’s 100m category received the first shock of the day in the semi-final earlier in the day. Considered a favorite for gold, American sprinter Trayvon Bromell finished third in the second semifinal.

In this semifinal, Hughes won with a time of 9.98s, while Bromell clocked 10s flat. Despite that time, Bromell missed the cut to qualify for the final sprint where medals are won in the category. Bromell’s elimination in the semifinal meant the competition blew wide open for gold in Tokyo.

Hughes lined up alongside his competition on Lane 4 in the Olympic Stadium. However, disaster struck the Briton at the start as he set off before the gun fired for the race start. This meant the 26-year-old was disqualified for the race.

After Bromell’s shock elimination, Hughes looked a favorite to add a track and field medal to Great Britain’s tally. However, this unfortunate circumstance meant the 26-year-old left Tokyo empty-handed.

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Italy’s Jacobs strikes gold in the final

After Hughes’ false start, the competition for gold reduced to just seven competitors. In a close battle, Italian sprinter Lamont Marcell Jacobs edged out American Fred Kerley by a mere 0.04 seconds to clinch the gold medal in this category.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s 100m – Final – OLS – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Lamont Marcell Jacobs of Italy celebrates after winning gold REUTERS/Phil Noble

With 9.80s, the Italian set one of the quickest times of the year to clinch his first Olympic gold medal. Canada’s Andre De Grasse clocked 9.89s to clinch a bronze medal for the North American country.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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