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Marcell Jacobs (center) sprinted away from everyone. © APA/afp / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT

Europe's fastest man: Marcell Jacobs shines in Rome

The European Athletics Championships are taking place in the Olympic Stadium in Rome. The big highlight, i.e. the men's 100 meter run, took place on Saturday evening and became a day of celebration for the hosts.

Marcell Jacobs has become an absolute superstar in Italy with his double gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. A month and a half before the Summer Games in Paris, the exceptional sprinter from Desenzaro del Garda is in strong form again! At the European Championships in Rome, Jacobs won the eagerly awaited 100-meter run with a time of 10,02 seconds.

The fans in front of the TV screens were briefly worried when Jacobs didn't cheer triumphantly after his victory, but looked into the camera with a distorted look of pain. But immediately afterwards, the 29-year-old gave an interview Rai All clear.

Marcell Jacobs won gold. © APA/afp / ANDREAS SOLARO

“It’s just strain on the lower leg. I'm really happy about this title," said Jacobs, who immediately added self-critically: "The time is not yet the best."

Silver for Surprise Man

It was still enough for EM gold. From the podium, Jacobs laughs with a fellow countryman. Chituru Ali – 25 years old, almost two meters tall and grew up south of Como – sprinted to the silver medal with a time of 10,05 seconds and thus won his first medal at a major event.

Sprinted to the silver medal: Chituru Ali. © APA/afp / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT

“I've always said it, this giant can run fast,” says Jacobs and added with a smile: “But as long as I'm there, I'll keep him behind me.” Bronze went to the Briton Romell Glave, who was only a hundredth of a second slower was as Ali.

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