Marcell Jacobs won the gold medal in the finale of the 100 meters at the Tokyo Olympics. The blue, born in 1994, raced in 9’’80, a new Italian and European record. The silver medal went to the American Fred Kerley with 9 ” 84; bronze to the Canadian De Grasse in 9 ” 89. I tried to run as fast as I could. success, success he said, right after he triumphed – first Italian to win a gold – and a medal – in the 100 meters. Here the piece by the correspondent Gaia Piccardi.
BORN IN TEXAS, THREE CHILDREN: WHO MARCELL JACOBS
TOKYO – a night full of stars above the Olympic stadium, but two are brighter than the others: after the beautiful gold of Gimbo Tamberi in the high ex aequo with the Qatari Barshim, here is the gold-bis for Italy in an evening that we will not easily forget.
He wins it Marcell Jacobs, the blue sprinter who had already made history by qualifying as an absolute first for the 100-meter Olympic final. But Jacobs is not satisfied, he goes further: he puts the world behind him and wins the gold medal in the sprint, the noblest race of the queen discipline of the Games.
I saw Gimbo win his race, I got excited, I said: why can’t I do it too ?, said Marcell overwhelmed by emotions.
And right in the arms of the teammate in blue who threw himself on the brink of the arrival launched.
Shortly after the finish line he found Gimbo waiting for him wrapped in the tricolor flag.
An image that remains in the books of Italian athletics, but not only.
The chronicle of the race
A perfect final, starting in the third lane next to Simbine, with Hughes immediately disqualified for false start. Jacobs makes his race without looking at anyone, he keeps behind the American Kerley with the bodybuilder physique and not worried by the return, in the ninth lane, of the Canadian De Grasse, who of this race – before the blue took possession of it – was the must-have favorite. The Chinese Su, amazing in the semifinals, has no more.
The others are spectators of the Italian triumph in Tokyo, the first gold in the sprint and the first gold in the men’s high (to triumph in Moscow ’80 was the unforgettable Sara Simeoni), the Sunday when Italy revolutionized athletics.
The time of Jacobs monstre: 9 ”80, further improving compared to the semifinal (9 ”84) and retouching the Italian leadership for the third time in 24 hours.
Kerley silver finishes in 9 “84, De Grasse bronze in 9” 89.
The dedication: To my grandfather, who no longer exists, and to my children
If a dream, please don’t wake us up. Dedicated to my grandfather who is no longer there, to my children, to my mother, to my family, says the new Olympic champion awaited by a forest of microphones and televisions.
Everyone wants to know who, where he comes from, how he managed to take home the most coveted medal of the entire Olympics. There will be time to answer the questions.
What matters now is that Marcell Jacobs ours.
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