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TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS – BREAKOUT STARS

Lamont Marcel Jacobs

With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics coming to a close on Sunday, we look at 5 of the breakout stars of the Games in Japan.

LAMONT MARCELL JACOBS

Jacobs created one of the biggest shocks in the history of the Olympics when he blitzed home to win the mens 100m final. It was certainly one of the biggest results of these games and definitely one of the biggest results in recent times in a sprinting landscape that has been dominated by Usain Bolt.

His time of 9.80 seconds saw him put a star-studded field to sleep and then we went on to help Italy win the 4 x 100m relay final.

Not bad for a sprinter who had never broken the 10sec mark before the start of this season. Talk about getting your timing right!

SIFAN HASSAN

The Netherlands middle distance runner landed three medals at the Tokyo Olympics and put her name in lights with some fantastic performances in Japan.

The Ethiopian born star landed gold in the women’s 10,000m and 5,000m and a bronze in the 1,500m.

Hassan has put her name in the conversation for one of the greatest distance runners in Olympic history.

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TATJANA SCHOENMAKER

The South African star smashed the women’s 200m breaststroke world record and claim South Africa’s first gold medal in swimming since 1996.

Schoenmaker at 24-years-old has a bright future and added the 200m gold to the 100m silver medal she had won earlier..

MOMIJI SHINIYA

The 13-year-old Japanese skateboard star won gold and cemented her place in the hearts of fans in her country and around the world when beating another young star in Brazil’s Rayssa Leal.

Skateboarding’s Olympic debut showcased many young stars who ripped up the skate park.

ATHING MU

The 19-year-old Mu became the first American winner of the 800m since 1968!

Mu’s parents moved to the USA from Sudan before she was born and is expected to add the 400m to her armoury, raising the prospect of a 400m-800m double at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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