Despite coming out successful in his first home appearance since the Tokyo Olympics by winning the men’s 60m title in front of a sell-out crowd at the 2022 Italian Indoor Championships in Ancona on Sunday evening, Marcell Jacobs wasn’t entirely satisfied with his own effort.
Jacobs dominated the event at the Palaindoor Ancona this past weekend when he clocked 6.55 seconds to secure a place on Italy’s World Indoor Championships team next month, but the 27-year-old is hoping to improve on some things ahead of Belgrade22. Read more: Jacobs easily wins Italian Indoor Championships with 6.55
“I’m very strict with myself,” Jacobs revealed after his performance on RAI. “Today I would not give myself the pass, I did not find the burst I needed. But the important thing was to win the title.
“Together with Paolo Camossi [coach] we will evaluate this race but I hope to be able to race again on Wednesday in Madrid, then next Monday in Belgrade on the World Indoor Championships track,” added rising Italian sprint star.
The European champion from 2021 owns a personal best of 6.47 seconds set when winning the Euro title in Torun, last winner. He has a season’s best of 6.49 secs, set at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, on 11 Feb.
His winning time in Ancona, was slower than his winning performances in Lievin (6.50), Lodz (6.49) and Berlin (6.51). Read more: Coleman wins USATF Indoor Championships 60m title with 6.45
“Everything that we’re doing now is looking ahead to Belgrade.”
The American-born sprinter captured the men’s 100m title at the delayed Tokyo Games last summer and added the the 4x100m relays gold medal to his accomplishment as well. He will now be hoping add to that global championships medal haul in Serbia, at the World Indoor Championships.
The event is well on course to deliver the much anticipated clash with reigning world indoor champion and world record holder Christian Coleman and Jacobs after the American missed the Olympic Games after serving a ban for missing doping tests.
The 60m heats for the men are scheduled for the second day of competition on March 19 and it will feature the likes of Jacobs, Coleman, American Marvin Bracy, the Ivory Coast star Arthur Cisse and Kenya’s national record holder Ferdinand Omurwa.