Olympics 2021 live updates: There’s a new fastest man alive, Caeleb Dressel caps historic week, Xander Schauffele wins golf gold

Day 9 in Tokyo marked the final visit to what has been a lucrative location for Team USA at these Olympic Games: the pool. There was also Xander Schauffele winning America’s first gold medal in golf in 121 years. Then, Day 10 got underway with men’s and women’s gymnastics event finals. Two American gymnasts found the podium, with newly minted all-around champion Sunisa Lee taking bronze in the uneven bars and MyKayla Skinner — who stepped in to compete when Simone Biles withdrew — earning a silver medal in the vault.

Then, a new fastest man alive was crowned as Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs put on a show in the men’s 100-meter final — becoming not only the first Italian man to win gold in the event, but the first to medal in it.

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But first, back to the pool, where Team USA had a spectacular last day. Caeleb Dressel started it by swimming an Olympic-record 21.07 seconds to take gold in the 50-meter freestyle. As soon as he took off from the diving board, there was no looking back for the sprint star.

Right after, Bobby Finke, who sprinted the last 50 meters to win the 800-meter freestyle, came out and did exactly the same in the 1,500-meter freestyle. He hovered in fourth place before he bolted late for his second long-distance gold — becoming the first American swimmer in 37 years to win the 1,500-meter freestyle event.

The brilliant day for Team USA continued with the women’s 4×100 relay team throwing down a nearly perfect race. Regan Smith, Lydia Jacoby, Torri Huske and Abbey Weitzeil missed the gold by 0.013 seconds, finishing second to Australia.

The last race of the day was the men’s 4×100-meter medley relay — an event the U.S. has never lost. Swimming in Lane 1, Ryan Murphy started with the backstroke, followed by Michael Andrew in the breaststroke, Dressel in the butterfly and Zach Apple finishing the race strong in the freestyle.

Team USA’s quartet clocked a world-record time of 3:26:78 to win the gold.

Here’s what you might have missed from a jam-packed weekend of Olympic action:

Marcell Jacobs is the fastest man alive

Remember the name. Lamont Marcell Jacobs made history on Sunday as the first Italian man to medal in the men’s 100-meter final. But rather than settle for a spot on the podium, Marcell Jacobs went ahead and earned gold with a time of 9.80 seconds.

Marcell Jacobs celebrated the joyous moment with fellow Italian — and fellow gold medalist — high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi.

It was an American, Fred Kerley, who claimed the silver medal with a personal best of 9.84.

Kerley shocked many earlier this year when he announced that he would focus on the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints and away from the 400. For anyone who still has questions about the decision, his new hardware would like a word.


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