Richard Kilty, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake regretted after joining the British men’s relay team to finish second, just 1% of a second behind Italy in the 4x100m final of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on the evening of August 6.
“You can’t be surprised when Italy comes in first,” said Mitchell-Blake – who ran 1% less than Filippo Tortu – after the final. “Italy won the prestigious Eurovision music competition, won the Euro football championship, won the men’s 100m gold medal and now the men’s relay gold medal.”
“This is Italy’s most successful year in history. Forget the Roman Empire, or anything like that. Italy needs time to realize that, because they have conquered the world,” Kilty said. . “God helped Italy tonight. I don’t know how they were able to win, but it’s just one of the strange things I’ve seen. England are stronger than Italy, and we will beat them in the next tournament. We temporarily let the gold medal belong to them this year.”
The men’s 4x100m final of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on the evening of August 6 witnessed a choking ending. Richard Kilty, England’s third runner, sped up spectacularly to help teammate Mitchell-Blake take the lead in the last leg, creating a long distance against Italy. But England still lost the gold medal at the decisive moment.
Filippo Tortu, Italy’s fourth runner, made the perfect break from second to number one in the final meter. His hunched over, leaning forward to cross the finish line helped Italy get a gold medal in the 4x100m relay. Four-legged running Italy achieved a result of 37 seconds 50, thereby helping the country’s athletics win the Olympic gold medal for the first time in history.
With 37 seconds 51, the British runner team achieved the best record of the year (SB). However, with 1% slower than Italy, they sadly received the silver medal. The Canadian men’s legs finished third, receiving a bronze medal with a result of 37 seconds 70.
“We trained hard and worked hard to win the gold. I believe England have the fastest sprinting quartet in the world, and we want to prove it. We want to show the world we are worthy. worthy of titles,” Mitchell-Blake added, not hiding his regret.
Italy’s 37 seconds 50 result is still far behind the Olympic and world record set by Jamaica in London 2012 of 36 seconds 84. Marcell Jacobs and his teammates also only achieved the fifth best men’s 4x100m time in history, after Japan. The version (37 seconds 43), UK (37 seconds 36), US (37 seconds 10) and Jamaica (36 seconds 84).
Men’s 4x100m is the fifth gold medal of Italian athletics at Toyko 2020, after men’s high jump, men’s 100m, men’s 20km walk and women’s 20km walk. They thus experienced the most successful Olympics in history.
Athletics contributed half of the total 10 gold medals won by Italy in Tokyo 2020. They ranked seventh in the rankings, behind China (36 gold medals), the US (31), Japan (24), the United Kingdom. (18), Russian Olympic Committee (17) and Australia (17) by the end of August 6. Italy surpassed the achievement at the 2008, 2012, 2016 Olympics and equaled the 10 gold medals achieved in Athens 2004.
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