Olympics: Italy wins gold in 4x100m relay race

Italy smashes its Olympic medal record as Marcell Jacobs wins gold again.

Italy has won a gold medal – the third one today – in the 4x100m relay race at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo on 6 August.

Britain took the silver medal while Canada took bronze.

Italy’s winning team comprised Lorenzo Patta, Fausto Desalu, Filippo Tortu and the newly-crowned individual 100m world champion Marcell Jacobs.

  • Italy breaks its Olympic medal record

This takes Italy’s medal count up to 38, setting a new record for the country.

Half an hour before the relay race Italy’s Luigi Busà broke the nation’s previous record of 36 medals – achieved in Los Angeles in 1932 and Rome in 1960 – by winning gold in the men’s karate ‘kumite’ competition in the -75kg category.