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.
Referred to as 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.
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 wish 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 remaining
Jacobs set a brand new 100m European file in August 2021 with a time of 9.80 seconds.
Nevertheless 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.
Marcell clocked 9.80 seconds in Tokyo on in the present day to complete forward of the USA’s Fred Kerley and Canada’s Andre De Grasse.
Jacobs turned 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 well-liked the dash earlier than discovering the lengthy soar in 2011.
Photograph end: The Italian took gold in entrance of USA’s Fred Kerley and Andre De Grasse of Canada with all three setting private finest instances in a particularly tight end for the boys’s 100m remaining
Jacobs simply pipped USA’s Fred Kerley throughout the road in a decent end to take the gold for Italy
In March this yr, Jacobs gained 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.
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, turned the primary Italian man to win a medal of any color within the 100 meters.
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 remaining
The 26-year-old was beforehand a protracted jumper, successful the Italian Championship in 2016, and struggled to understand what he had achieved.
‘I do not know, it is a dream, a dream, it’s improbable. Perhaps tomorrow I can think about what they’re saying, however in the present day it’s unimaginable,’ he mentioned, after changing into the primary European to win the Olympic 100m title since Linford Christie in 1992.
‘It was my childhood dream to win an Olympic Video games and clearly a dream can flip into one thing totally different, however to run this remaining and win it’s a dream come true.
‘I wish 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 baby, and my group, who’ve adopted me, and those that help me.
‘It’s wonderful, it’s improbable, it’s a dream, Olympic champion in 100m, I’ve no phrases.’
Kerley, who gained 400m bronze on the World Championships two years in the past, admitted he knew little concerning the new champion.
Marcell lives in Rome along with his accomplice Nicole Daza (pictured) and their kids
Household: New Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs pictured along with his accomplice Nicole Daza
‘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 improbable job,’ he mentioned.
‘I executed the race completely and I got here up with a silver medal. I can not complain. The race was a good looking race. I received a private finest and a silver medal. I’m blessed to be on the greatest stage of my profession.’