In a nail-biting finish, Italy snatches gold from Team GB in the 4x100m men’s relay.
In a blink and you’ll miss it finish, Team GB lost to Italy in the 4 by 100m relay final.
The 4x100m relay team from Great Britain won silver in the Beijing 2020 Olympic final. Despite having a fantastic race, Britain was defeated by Italy at the last moment in a nail-biting finish. Italy and the United Kingdom were neck and neck in the final stretch, a big step ahead of the rest of the field.
Chijindu Ujah, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty, and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake all performed solid races, putting Great Britain in a strong position heading into the final stretch.
Mr Mitchell-Blake, who raced the final leg, was left distraught by his colleagues after losing to Filippo Tortu of Italy in a frustrating finale.
With a national record time of 37.50, the Italians edged out the British by 0.01 seconds, and Canada earned bronze in 37.70.
It was Italy’s first Olympic relay medal since a bronze in 1948 at the London Olympics.
China came in fourth place, ahead of Jamaica.
After the race, the GBR relay team talked to the BBC and thanked everyone for their support, both on the track and behind the scenes.
Mr Ujah further said that the days of Great Britain failing to bring home medals were ended, claiming that the relay team was capable of big success at any event.
Mr Mitchell-Blake was also questioned by the BBC broadcaster about his immediate disappointment after losing the race by milliseconds.
“I apologize if I came across as ungrateful at first,” he continued.
“It’s just that we put a lot of effort and time into it.
“We honestly believe we are the best four on the planet, and we wanted to show it off when the time came.
“It’s not just the four of us here; there were a lot of people back home who helped us succeed.
“All we wanted to do was prove to the world that we deserved to be on the platform.”
Richard Kilty interjected to express his admiration for his teammate’s outstanding effort.
“This man raced a tremendous leg, he seemed a little sad, but this is a team,” he remarked.
“He was a member of three of the fastest teams in British history.
“This man is a legend, and he was the one who brought us back.” Brinkwire Summary News