The blue triumphs in the final and becomes the fourth man in history to win the 100-meter European gold after the Olympic
Marcell Jacobs is back, the king is back.
He only took a break, he had to go through the pits. But after the Olympic titles and the world and European titles in the 60 indoors, he also won continental gold in the 100 outdoors. He equaling, with 9 ”95, the record of the show. It is a result that, in the presence of such a champion, may even seem obvious. But that in the history of Italian athletics had only reached a legend like Pietro Mennea, in Prague 1978. And don’t say, for God’s sake, that the competition was modest: Gardesan came in fourth place in the ranking of the season . There was a misstep from Eugene last month, more than justified, given the many problems in May, June and July. The master of speed, however, is still dressed in blue. There are no discussions. With all due respect to those who have criticized some elections in recent weeks. Gentlemen: Jacobs is still there. And as if there is. In fact, he never left. “It’s my fourth heavyweight title in a year and a half, he says. I still have one missing, the world outdoor champion, but next season in Budapest I will immediately have the right opportunity to make up for it.”
Monaco was also at risk of becoming a hoax. “In the test studs on the track before the semifinal -he says- I felt that my left calf tightened and hardened. I feared the worst. Then, luckily, it was fixed quickly. Who would have thought, seeing it fly? Before, when the sun has just set, in total relaxation and visibly braking, the third of three semifinals in 10”00 (+0.3 m/s), season personal, runs (in the fourth lane). Only Zharnel Hughes, in the first, with 10.03, arouses a certain impression. Then, after a couple of hours – complete with continuous treatments – we eat the red track in Regupol and the final (+0.1) with Hughes in silver in 9’99 and his compatriot Jeremiah Azu in bronze in 10’13. Marcell, in his career, only in the magical days of Tokyo did he run (three times) faster.
The Olympiastadion exuding charm and buzzing with enthusiasm, the Bavarian summer temperatures, the overwhelming music and the play of light: what a perfect evening, what a great show. Also in the stands is Nicole, who arrived today from Italy to enjoy the show: on September 17 she will become Mrs. Jacobs. Marcell equals the primacy of an event that has 24 precedents: it was Hughes himself, when he won Berlin 2018. He maintains 15/100 of his European record, printed on the occasion of the Japan Games. But what does it matter? He and Greece’s Miltiadis Tentoglou, who almost simultaneously wins the long run with 8.52, are the first of the 12 individual Olympic champions from Tokyo competing in Munich to also win continental gold. “The truth -he acknowledges- I expected to do something better, to go below 9’90. Maybe the discomfort in the calf slowed me down and anyway I felt better in the semi-finals.”
The tricolor party is completed with the presence of Chituru Ali among the magnificent eight. The 23-year-old financier from Como, a student of Claudio Licciardello, a former 400m national record holder, is second in his semi-final in 10”12, preceded by 2/100 by the British Reece Prescod. The time trial is worth the squad, improving by 3/100 and seventh place on the all-time national list, overtaking Fabio Cerutti and Lorenzo Patta. Only on two occasions had there been two Azzurri in the final of the queen specialty: in Budapest 1966, with Ippolito Giani fifth and Pasquale Giannattasio eighth and in Barcelona 2010, with Emaneule Di Gregorio seventh and Simone Collio retired. Then Chituru, in the final, lost a bit of distance, eighth in 10″28. But the magical moment of the Italian sprint continues.
“I never thought of having to give up the European Championships – smiles Jacobs -, they had become the goal after giving up the World Championships. I dedicate the success to those who are with me, but also to those who are against me I am stimulated by “The future? The relay on Friday with the final on Sunday, a couple of meetings and the wedding. A good program, isn’t it?