The quickest man at Tokyo2020, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, is an American-born Italian who had initially wished to be basketball participant, earlier than switching to athletics aged ten.
Often called Marcell, however nicknamed ‘Loopy’ was born in El Paso, Texas, to an Italian mom and moved to Lombardy in northern Italy as a child.
The sprinter lives in Rome along with his spouse accomplice Nicole Daza and the couple have two sons, Jeremy and Anthony.
Jacobs set a brand new 100m European document in August 2021 with a time of 9.80 seconds.
Nonetheless the World and Olympic data are nonetheless held by Jamaica’s Usain Bolt who stays the quickest man on the planet.
He ran an astonishing 9.58 seconds on the 2009 World Cup and 9.63 on the London 2012 Olympics.
Victory: the quickest man at Tokyo2020, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, is an American-born Italian who had initially wished to be basketball participant, earlier than switching to athletics aged ten
Marcell used to need to be a basketball participant earlier than switching to athletics on the age of 10
The three medallists stand with their nationwide flags having set private bests within the 100m ultimate
Household: New Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs pictured along with his accomplice Nicole Daza
Marcell clocked 9.80 seconds in Tokyo on at present to complete forward of the USA’s Fred Kerley and Canada’s Andre De Grasse.
Jacobs grew to become the primary man to win the 100m apart from Usain Bolt since Justin Gatlin in 2004.
The 26-year-old started competing in athletics on the age of ten and initially most popular the dash earlier than discovering the lengthy leap in 2011.
In March this 12 months, Jacobs received gold on the European Athletics Indoor Championships within the 60m occasion.
He’s the primary Italian to win the 100m Olympic gold medal.
The sprinter has resided in Rome since 2018 and lives along with his accomplice Nicole and his two kids, Anthony (born 2019) and Megan (born 2021). Jacobs additionally has a son, Jeremy (born 2013), from a earlier relationship when he was 19.
Photograph end: The Italian took gold in entrance of USA’s Fred Kerley and Andre De Grasse of Canada with all three setting private greatest occasions in an especially tight end for the boys’s 100m ultimate
Jacobs simply pipped USA’s Fred Kerley throughout the road in a good end to take the gold for Italy
It’s reported Marcell has been along with his girlfriend Nicole Daza for greater than 4 years.
When requested about his origins, he mentioned he feels 100 per cent Italian, admitting he isn’t superb at talking English.
Jacobs, ranked No. 8 on this planet within the occasion, grew to become the primary Italian man to win a medal of any color within the 100 meters.
The 26-year-old was beforehand a protracted jumper, successful the Italian Championship in 2016, and struggled to know what he had achieved.
‘I do not know, it is a dream, a dream, it’s implausible. Perhaps tomorrow I can think about what they’re saying, however at present it’s unimaginable,’ he mentioned, after turning into the primary European to win the Olympic 100m title since Linford Christie in 1992.
Pictured: Jacobs (second proper) made solely an affordable begin however dominated the final 50 meters of the race to take a shock gold – the primary medal for Italy within the males’s 100m in historical past
Proud: Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs took a shock gold medal within the males’s 100m ultimate
‘It was my childhood dream to win an Olympic Video games and clearly a dream can flip into one thing completely different, however to run this ultimate and win it’s a dream come true.
‘I need to thank my household that has all the time supported me, my kids and my mum, who has been my primary fan since I used to be a toddler, and my staff, who’ve adopted me, and people who assist me.
‘It’s superb, it’s implausible, it’s a dream, Olympic champion in 100m, I’ve no phrases.’
Kerley, who received 400m bronze on the World Championships two years in the past, admitted he knew little in regards to the new champion.
Marcell lives in Rome along with his accomplice Nicole Daza (pictured) and their kids
‘I actually did not know something about him. It was my first time racing him on the Monaco Diamond League (in July). He did a implausible job,’ he mentioned.
‘I executed the race completely and I got here up with a silver medal. I am unable to complain. The race was a stupendous race. I acquired a private greatest and a silver medal. I’m blessed to be on the largest stage of my profession.’