Samuele Ceccarelli reacts to winning the Italian 60m Indoor Championship

Samuele Ceccarelli pulled off a major upset at the Italian Indoor Championships on Sunday, winning the men’s 60m title and beating Olympic champion Lamont Jacobs in the process. Ceccarelli ran a personal best time of 6.54 seconds, improving on his previous best of 6.58, while Jacobs finished second with a time of 6.55 seconds.

Jacobs, the world and European indoor champion, had entered the final with the fastest time after setting a season best of 6.56 seconds in his heat.

However, it was Ceccarelli who came out on top, taking home his first national senior title. The 23-year-old got away from the Jacobs early in the race and the Olympic champion wasn’t able to catch him as the line came too soon!

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With the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Istanbul just around the corner, Jacobs will be looking to regroup and return to his best form.

The 28-year-old currently holds the Italian and European record for the 60m with a time of 6.41 seconds, and he will be aiming to return to top form before the championships begin on March 1st.

Roberto Rigali finished third in the final with a time of 6.69 seconds.

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