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Reigning Olympic Champion Marcel Jacobs Retains European Title, Eyes Paris Gold

American-born Italian sprinter Marcell Jacobs defended his European Championship 100m title on Saturday, posting a season's best of 10.02 seconds in Rome.

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Lamont Jacobs of Italy celebrates winning the men's 100m at the Tokyo Olympics

Italian Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs defended his European Championship crown in the 100 meters on Saturday, despite not having the smoothest race. The Tokyo Olympic champion posted a season’s best of 10.02 seconds to hold off some fast finishers, including a fellow countryman but had hoped to have gone a little faster on home turf in Rome.

Marcel Jacobs Retains Title, But Misses Sub-10

Still, he acknowledged that the target is to defend his title at the Paris Olympics, which is fast approaching. Jacobs emphasized that results matter most in competitions, and his goal is to be sharpest come Paris later this summer.

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“The times are not what’s important in these competitions, it’s the result that counts,” he said. “The goal is to be in my best form in two months when it counts even more and I know that I still have a lot of work to do.”

After posting a comfortable 10.05 seconds in the semifinals the Texas-born Italian sprinter predicted his first sub-10 seconds clocking of the still. That didn’t materialize, but he knows there’s room for improvement.

“We thought a time between 9.92 and 9.95 was possible based on the semifinals,” he revealed. “So seeing 10.02 wasn’t ideal. But again, medals hold more weight than times.”

Jacobs led a 1-2 finish for Italy in the men’s 100m after his countryman Chituru Ali took the silver medal with a personal best time of 10.05. Great Britain’s Romell Glave secured bronze with a time of 10.06.

Complete results here

Men’s 100m Finals Results

1. Lamont Marcell Jacobs (Italy) – 10.02
2. Chituru Ali (Italy) – 10.05
3. Romell Glave (United Kingdom) – 10.06
4. Henrik Larsson (Sweden) – 10.16
5. Owen Ansah (Germany) – 10.17
6. Guillem Crespi (Spain) – 10.18
7. Simon Hansen (Denmark) – 10.19
8. Pablo Mateo (France) – 10.22

Mellissa is a hard-working track and field follower who likes to travel and have fun with anyone she communicates with, for example, go running with them! Yay! Mellissa is a former Pride News writer who now spends her time working with kids and following the sport she loves.

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