Lamont Marcell Jacobs of Italy, who won the 100m in a stunning victory at the Olympics, announced Friday that he will not compete again until 2022 in order to be in peak condition next year.
He stated in an interview on Rai 1 public television the day after announcing the stop on social media, “It’s not a simple decision.”
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Makes Italy Proud Winning 100 M Gold
“I am the first to want to compete every week,” Jacobs explained, “but you get to a point where you realize it doesn’t finish here, in the sense that this is just a wonderful beginning place.”
The 26-year-old, who was virtually unknown a year ago, won a stunning victory in the 100m and gold in the 4x100m relay at the Tokyo Olympics.
His incredible triumph came in a European record time of 9.80 seconds.
The Texas-born sprinter was set to compete at the Eugene Diamond League event in the United States on August 21, followed by appearances in Brussels and Zurich in early September.
“There are some really big races coming up next year,” he added, including the European and World Championships, and “every time I compete, I want to increase the standard.”
“For next year, I want to get at the top of the top, reaffirm (my performance), really improve on what I accomplished this year,” he added.
Jacobs had put a halt following a tumble blamed on “the cumulative exhaustion of the Olympics as well as a knee issue,” according to Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.
Some have questioned Jacobs’ performance since, before to 2020, he had never run a time in the 100m that was less than ten seconds.
Last weekend, The Times in the United Kingdom published a story regarding Jacobs’ former sports nutritionist being involved in an Italian police investigation into potential illicit anabolic steroid distribution.
Insinuations of doping “haven’t impacted me because I know all the sacrifices and obstacles I’ve had to get to this point, and I want to enjoy it 100 percent,” Jacobs said on Friday.
He was also questioned about British sprinter CJ Ujah, who earned a silver medal in the 4x100m relay at the Tokyo Olympics, being suspended for an alleged anti-doping violation.
He said, “It makes me grin a bit.”
“Because they said so many things about me a week ago that were untrue, and now have a relay runner with a great outcome in their own neighborhood,” says the runner.
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