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Olympic 100m champion Jacobs says out until 2022

2021-08-13 HKT 00:54
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  • Lamont Marcell Jacobs became a superstar by winning the 100m in Tokyo. Photo: AP
    Lamont Marcell Jacobs became a superstar by winning the 100m in Tokyo. Photo: AP
Olympic Games 100m champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs announced on Thursday on his Instagram account that he will not run again until 2022.

In response to a fan on a social media interaction, who asked the Italian when would be his next appearance on the track, he replied: "2022".

Almost unknown a year ago, the Texas-born Italian sprinter claimed a shock triumph in the 100m at the Tokyo Olympics as well as gold in the 4x100m relay.

His stunning victory was achieved in a European record of 9.80sec.

The 26-year-old was scheduled to next run on August 21 at the Eugene Diamond League meet in the United States.

After that, he was to appear on September 3 in Brussels and on September 9 in Zurich for the season-ending Diamond League Finals.

After his triumphant return to Italy from Tokyo on Monday, where he was greeted as a national hero, Jacobs resumed training.

However, Italian media said he immediately called a halt after a fall blamed on "the accumulated fatigue of the Olympics as well as a knee problem," reported Italian daily, Il Corriere della Sera. (AFP)