Italian Long Jumper Succeeds Usain Bolt As New 100m Olympic Sprint King

Lamont Marcell Jacobs 2021 tokyo olympics 100m sprint gold medallist

Usain Bolt has found an unlikely successor at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in Italian athlete, Lamont Marcell Jacobs. Earning gold in the 100-metre sprint final, while the 26-year-old has yet to break the all-time world record set by Bolt during the 2009 World Championships (9.58 seconds), he did manage to record a finishing time of 9.8 seconds.

Incredibly enough, not only has Lamont Marcell Jacobs – originally born in El Paso, Texas – successfully made the transition from professional long jumper to sprinter in just three years, defied the 30-1 Vegas betting odds, and gone down in history as the first Italian to ever clinch the 100-metre Olympic title… prior to this, he had never won a serious outdoor sprint competition in his entire life.

Two years ago, he had reached the semi-finals of the 100-metre sprint at the World Championships, before eventually fizzling out in 19th place. Over time, however, his work with a bespoke team he assembled in Rome – which includes a mental coach, nutritionist, chiropractor, and more – began to pay off in spades.

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At the conclusion of the 2020-21 indoor seasons, Jacobs ascended to the rank of World Leader for the 60-metre sprint. In May of this year, Jacobs set the Italian 100-metre sprint record in Savona (9.95 seconds), becoming just the 150th person in history to break the 10-second barrier. And now, in the post-Bolt landscape, his Olympic dream has now been fully-realised.

“It is amazing, it is fantastic, it is a dream… Olympic champion in the 100-metre, I have no words,” says Jacobs.

“It is a gold medal, it is forever, I am very happy. Watching [compatriot Gianmarco Tamberi] was a massive boost. I though: ‘If he can do it, you can win a gold medal too.’”

“I didn’t look right, I didn’t look left. I just focused on running as fast as possible. I wasn’t the favourite. But my start was great, then I had this burst of speed. I thought I could run 9.79 – but I was happy with 9.8.”

Incidentally, the night before his major career victory, Jacobs and and Tamberi had reportedly been shootin’ the shit while logging a PlayStation session at the athletes’ village. Both parties had (hilariously) agreed winning gold in their respective events would be “far too crazy” to actually happen.

Yet here we are.