Meet Jacobs, the first European to win the Olympic 100m title since Britain's Linford Christie at Barcelona 1992

Meet Jacobs, the first European to win the Olympic 100m title since Britain’s Linford Christie at Barcelona 1992

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Born 27 years ago in El Paso, Texas, to an Italian mother and American father, Lamont Marcell Jacobs defied bookmarkers’ expectations to the man that would succeed Usain Bolt as the ‘World’s Fastest Man’.

 

In 2018, Jacobs claimed his first national 100m title, two years earlier, he made his first impression in the long jump at the national level, claiming victory with a distance of 7.89m, with his personal best 7.95m.

 

Relatively unknown until the start of 2021 , but at the March’s European Indoor Championships in Torun, Poland, according to Olympics Channel , he produced a power-packed display to take men’s 60m gold in 6.47, the fastest time in the world this year and a new Italian record.

 

He also set a new Italian 100m record of 9.95 seconds in his first outdoor meeting of the year in Savona.

 

Jacobs, who only broke the 10-second barrier for the first time in May, shocked the world in the Olympic 100m final to claim Gold, to become the first European to win the Olympic 100m title since Britain’s Linford Christie at Barcelona 1992, and Italy’s first Olympic sprint champion since Pietro Mennea took the 200m at Moscow 1980.

 

America’s Fred Kerley clinch silver in 9.84 while Canada’s Andre de Grasse came third in 9.89 for his second successive Olympic bronze .




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