Italy's Lamont Marcell 'crazy' Jacobs becomes first man to win 100m other than ...

Italy's Lamont Marcell 'crazy' Jacobs becomes first man to win 100m other than ...
Italy's Lamont Marcell 'crazy' Jacobs becomes first man to win 100m other than ...

The fastest man at Tokyo2020, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, is an American-born Italian who had originally wanted to be basketball player, before switching to athletics aged ten.

Known as Marcell, but nicknamed 'Crazy' was born in El Paso, Texas, to an Italian mother and moved to Lombardy in northern Italy as a baby.

The sprinter lives in Rome with his wife partner Nicole Daza and the couple have two sons, Jeremy and Anthony.

Victory: the fastest man at Tokyo2020, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, is an American-born Italian who had originally wanted to be basketball player, before switching to athletics aged ten

Victory: the fastest man at Tokyo2020, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, is an American-born Italian who had originally wanted to be basketball player, before switching to athletics aged ten

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Italy's Lamont Marcell Jacobs celebrates after winning the men's 100m final

Lamont Marcell Jacobs, of Italy, celebrates after winning the final of the men's 100-meters

Marcell used to want to be a basketball player before switching to athletics at the age of 10

The three medallists stand with their national flags having set personal bests in the 100m final

The three medallists stand with their national flags having set personal bests in the 100m final

Jacobs set a new 100m European record in August 2021 with a time of 9.80 seconds.

However the World and Olympic records are still held by Jamaica's Usain Bolt who remains the fastest man on the planet.

He ran an astonishing 9.58 seconds at the 2009 World Cup and 9.63 at the London 2012 Olympics.

Marcell clocked 9.80 seconds in Tokyo on today to finish ahead of the USA's Fred Kerley and Canada's Andre De Grasse.

Jacobs became the first man to win the 100m other than Usain Bolt since Justin Gatlin in 2004.

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The 26-year-old began competing in athletics at the age of ten and initially preferred the sprint before discovering the long jump in 2011.

Photo finish: The Italian took gold in front of USA's Fred Kerley and Andre De Grasse of Canada with all three setting personal best times in an extremely tight finish for the men's 100m final

Photo finish: The Italian took gold in front of USA's Fred Kerley and Andre De Grasse of Canada with all three setting personal best times in an extremely tight finish for the men's 100m final

Jacobs just pipped USA's Fred Kerley across the line in a tight finish to take the gold for Italy

Jacobs just pipped USA's Fred Kerley across the line in a tight finish to take the gold for Italy

In March this year, Jacobs won gold at the European Athletics Indoor

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