Italy have won the men’s 4×100 metres relay gold in a stirring come-from-behind finish at the Tokyo Olympics.

Anchor Filippo Tortu stole the gold from Britain at the death by one-hundredths of a second, winning together with Lorenzo Patta, surprise 100m champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs and Eseosa Fostine Desalu in a national record 37.50.

It is a first gold for Italy in the event and first medal since 1948 bronze.

The British quartet had 37.51 and Canada got bronze in 37.70 while Jamaica had to be content with fifth after a botched exchange and the US for the same reason didn’t even make the final.

The Jamaican women added the 4x100m relay title to their Tokyo Olympic collection after sweeping the podium in the 100m final.

The Jamaican team won in a national record 41.02 seconds.

It was the second-fastest time in history and ended the US team’s push for a third consecutive Olympic gold in the event.

Elaine Thompson-Herah won the 100m on Saturday in an Olympic record. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was second and Shericka Jackson was third in that race.

Those three joined Briana Williams as the Jamaicans added the Olympic relay title to their world championship gold in 2019.

The American team of Javianne Oliver, Teahna Daniels, Jenna Prandini and Gabrielle Thomas won silver in 41.45 and Britain took bronze in 41.88.

– with DPA

Italy win men’s 4x100m relay gold in Tokyo
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