Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah retained her 100-meter Olympic crown with the second-best time ever (10.61 seconds) leading a Jamaican triplet completed by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.74) and Shericka Jackson (10.76)
Ivorian Mariee-Jose Ta Lou, who had dazzled in previous rounds, finished fourth with 10.91.
In the all-time ranking, Elaine Thompson-Herah only bows before the American Florence Griffith, world record holder with 10.49 for 33 years.
Fraser-Pryce, who came in as the fastest in the world this season (10.63) despite her 34 years, dominated three-quarters of the race. It started in 139 thousandths, compared to 150 for the champion, but succumbed to the deadly shot of the defending champion.
In the supreme hour, the champion was again, denying Fraser-Price a third Olympic gold in 100 meters that would have made her the first triple champion woman in a single event.
That same goal can still be achieved in Tokyo by New Zealander Valerie Adams in weight, Croatian Sandra Perkovic in discus, Czech Barbora Spotakova in javelin and Pole Anita Wlodarczyk in hammer.
POLAND AND DOMINICANA DOMINATE THE NEW MIXED 4X400
Poland, with a quartet made up of Karol Zalewski, Natalia Kaczmarek, Justyna Swiety-Ersetic and Kajetan Duszynski achieved the first Olympic title in history in 4×400 meters mixed relay, a test recently introduced in the athletic program, beating by 34 hundredths, with a time of 3: 09.87, to a fierce Dominican team that snatched the silver from the United States at the last gasp.
The Dominican team, which had been disqualified and then requalified in Friday’s series, was made up of Lidio Andrés Feliz, Marileidy Paulino, Anabel Medina and Alexander Ogando.
The United States, with Trevor Stewart, Kendall Ellis, Kaylin Whitney and Vernon Norwood, had to bow to the furious attack of Ogando, who beat the last American reliever by a single hundredth.
SWEDISH DOUBLE IN THE DISC CAGE
Two years after being proclaimed world champion in Doha, Daniel Stahl became, with a throw of 68.90 meters, the first Swedish athlete to win the Olympic discus title.
It took Stahl a second shot to take command of the Olympic final, but ended up outscoring his rivals. His compatriot Simon Petterson won the silver medal with 67.39 and the Austrian Lukas Weisshaidinger the bronze with 67.07.
The new Olympic champion had arrived in Tokyo with 12 victories in 13 competitions and a dominant world record of 711.40.
In the morning, Cuban Juan Miguel Echevarría made his best jump of the year, 8.50 meters, and automatically qualified for the longitude final, which will be held on August 2 in the morning.
With such a jump, Echevarría would have won the last three Olympic titles, and since the direct qualification mark was 8.15, the Cuban “kangaroo” immediately went to rest.
Echevarría, only 22 years old, was third two years ago at the Doha World Cups and Pan American champion in Lima. In 2018 he had conquered the world indoor title with a jump of 8.46 in Birmingham (United Kingdom).