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Italy pulls off upset in men’s 4x100-meter relay final

Italy shocked the world in the men’s 100-meter final and had a photo finish in the 4x100-meter final.

Team Italy celebrate after the men’s 4x100m relay final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 6, 2021. Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images

In the final track and field event on Friday night, the men’s 4x100-meter relay was under the microscope. Heading into the last race on Day 14 of the Summer Olympics, Jamaica was the favorites to come away with the gold. The Jamaican men relay won their Round 1 heat with a time of 37.82.

But Jamaica was not able to carry over their performance from first round heat into the final as the gold medal went to Italy. Italy won the gold medal by a tenth of a second in a photo finish over Great Britain.

Italy’s 4x100-meter relay team, which featured 100-meter winner Lamont Marcell Jacobs, had a national record time of 37.50. Great Britain, which received the silver medal, had a time of 37.51. Lastly, the bronze went to Canada (37.70), who had 200-meter champion Andre de Grasse on the fourth-leg of their relay. Jamaica finished in fifth place with a time of 37.84.