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Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs units course for European 100m title with level to show

On the time, few individuals would have seen Marcell Jacobs’ two earlier European Championship appearances. In 2016, he completed eleventh within the lengthy bounce; two years later, he did not progress from the 100m semifinal.

The truth that he’s on the 100 meters on Monday as Olympic champion exhibits how a lot the Italian’s life has modified up to now 12 months: from an also-walked to the occasion’s greatest star.

Not since Linford has introduced Christie in 1992 to a 100m Olympic champion from Europe. Three a long time later, the world’s greatest sprinter returns to the European stage with nice uncertainty about what the week would possibly maintain for him.

If Jacobs’ stratospheric, surprising rise to the head of the game final 12 months wasn’t eye-catching sufficient, his later appearances – or lack of – have added layer after layer of intrigue to a person whose sudden emergence has raised eyebrows worldwide.

His triumph eventually 12 months’s Olympics, in a European report time of 9.80 seconds, got here simply three months after breaking the 10-second barrier for the primary time.

Historical past hasn’t at all times appeared kindly at athletes who make large strides briefly durations, and questions have been requested of Jacobs, 27, when it was revealed he was related to a nutritionist, Giacomo Spazzini, who was concerned in a police investigation into the distribution of anabolic steroids in March 2021. Spazzini has since been cleared of any wrongdoing by an Italian courtroom, whereas Jacobs advised Telegraph Sport this 12 months that he had used “completely no” unlawful substances.

“I perceive individuals have been stunned, however that is as a result of for most individuals my identify got here up of their houses on the Olympics,” he added. “My victories characterize extraordinarily laborious work – laborious work that nobody noticed, laborious work that was blood, sweat, tears and accidents.”

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