Athletics-Jacobs heads to U.S. early after missing Diamond League

FILE PHOTO: Athletics - World Athletics Indoor Championships - Stark Arena, Belgrade, Serbia - March 19, 2022 Italy's Lamont Marcell Jacobs celebrates winning the men's 60m final REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel

Olympic sprint champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs said he is heading to Eugene, Oregon ahead of the upcoming world championships to "test the waters" after being forced to withdraw from Thursday's Diamond League meet in Stockholm due to muscle tension.

Jacobs won his fifth Italian national men’s 100 metres title on his comeback from a muscle injury last week, having previously missed Diamond League meetings in Eugene, Rome and Oslo, and again sat out on Thursday.

Now, two weeks before the start of the world championships in Oregon, Jacobs revealed he had not raced on Thursday as a precautionary measure due to an issue with his glutes, and will head to the U.S.

"I'll be in Eugene to test the waters," he posted on Instagram.

"I am the first to want to get on the top step of the podium for me and for all of you.

"You too know how much dedication I put into it every day, if it were up to me I would compete on every occasion, but sport is like this. We are human beings, not machines. I will update you step by step in the coming days."

Jacobs became the first Italian to win Olympic 100 metres gold in Tokyo last August, clocking a European record 9.80 seconds in the final, before adding a second gold in the 4x100 metres relay.

(Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Toby Davis)

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Athletics

Athletics-Briton Asher-Smith calls for more research into how periods affect performance
Azeem receives over 10 offers to study in US
Athletics-Jacobs and Lueckenkemper take European 100 metres golds
Training under Hup Wei pays off as high jumper sets bigger goals
Athletics-Men's world champion Tola withdraws from London Marathon
Coach wants Azeem to stay grounded in journey to be top sprinter
So long, Lydia – the Asian track queen of the 80s
Nur Aisyah shows calibre with two-medal show at ISG
Athletics-Polish world champion Fajdek to avoid flying after twice losing gear
Athletics-Coach Minichiello banned for life over inappropriate conduct

Others Also Read