Barely eleven days after winning the surprise-ever 100m race at the Tokyo Olympics, Italian Lamont Marcel Jacobs announced that he will not be seen on the tracks again before 2022.
Via Instagram, the Italian runner, who triumphantly returned to the peninsula on Monday from Japan, indicated that he is abandoning the next stages of the Diamond League in which he was supposed to participate.
When a fan asked him about his picture a story What is the ‘next meeting for’? [le] Let’s see again in competition,” the Texan-born Italian sprinter replied succinctly: “2022.” The answer is inscribed on a gray background and topped with an hourglass emoji.
Jacobs, who was almost unknown a year ago, won two of the most famous titles at the Tokyo Games (100m and 4x100m) and set the European 100m record in 9 seconds.
In the hilarious atmosphere of these Japanese Games, the disciplinary queen of athletics has found an unexpected first successor to Jamaican Usain Bolt, who disgusted the Olympic competition from 2008 to 2016.
Jacobs usually runs on August 21 in the US in Eugene (Oregon, West), the Prefontaine Classic, as part of the Diamond League, then on September 3 in Brussels and the last meeting on September 9 in Zurich, events in which he will therefore not participate either.
According to the Italian press, the runner began training again this week in Italy, but stopped immediately, the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera Citing those around him, citing “the accumulated fatigue at the Olympics and a knee problem.”
Tokyo, the first grand final
Prior to Tokyo, the 26-year-old Italian had not played any outdoor final or European final in his football career. His only achievement was his European 60m indoor title this winter in Torun (Poland) which heralded his rise to power.
He stopped in the semi-finals of the World Championships in Doha in 2019, like the European Championships in Berlin in 2018.
But Jacobs has proven himself at the highest level this season. After his indoor title, he improved the Italian record to 995 seconds in May (his first time was under 10 seconds) before his exploits in Tokyo.
A triumph in Italy for this tattooed runner, born September 26, 1994 in El Paso, Texas, the country of his father, who was a soldier stationed at the base in Vicenza, near Venice in the northeast.
The person who would become an Olympic champion grew up in Desenzano del Garda, between Verona and Brescia, on the shores of Lake Garda (North).
With him, but also with other athletes, such as Gianmarco Tampere, but also cyclists in particular, Italy brought back from Tokyo the best set of medals in its history at the Olympic Games, a few weeks after the Squadra Azura crowned in the European Football Championship final, against England , in London.
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