Tokyo Olympics – Italy roar back to snatch gold from Great Britain in men’s 4x100m relay thriller
Italy’s golden year continued as they added the men’s 4x100m relay title to the European Championships, Eurovision and shock wins in the men's 100m and high jump. But GB will be left to rue what might have been after coming so close to a sensational gold medal. You want it? We have it. Stream every Olympic event live on discovery+
'He was reeled in like a fish' - Italy snatch men's 4x100m relay gold from GB
Italy’s time of 37.50 seconds was a national record, with Team GB one hundredth back in 37.51. Canada took bronze in 37.70 with the Jamaicans – who had won the last two editions with headline act Usain Bolt – in fifth.
It caps a remarkable double for Lamont Marcell Jacobs, who also won the individual 100m title despite arriving in Japan with little hype.
The British quartet can take heart from another impressive outing, even if it was not the ending they had hoped for. Once burdened by baton failures, this current crop has medalled at all three major global championships since Rio 2016 – including a stunning world gold at London 2017 in Bolt's farewell race.
And to do it without Adam Gemili, who pulled up in the 200m heats with a hamstring injury, makes it all the more impressive.
'A fantastic night for Team GB' - Relay teams and Muir celebrate together after medals
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