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Marcell Jacobs

Marcell Jacobs

American-born Italian male sprinter and long jumper
Marcell Jacobs
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Intro American-born Italian male sprinter and long jumper
Is Athlete
From Italy
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 26 September 1994, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Age 27 years
Star sign Libra
Residence Desenzano del Garda, Province of Brescia, Lombardy, Italy
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Sports Teams
Gruppo Sportivo Fiamme Oro
The details (from wikipedia)


Lamont Marcell Jacobs (born 26 September 1994) is an Italian male sprinter and long jumper. He won the 60 m title during the 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships. On 1 August 2021, Jacobs set a new 100 m European record with a time of 9.80 at the 2020 Olympics, winning the gold medal in the process.

Jacobs closed the 2020–21 indoor season as World Leader of 60 metres.


Son of an Italian mother and an American father, he was born in El Paso, where he spent less than the first month of his childhood. When his father was transfered to South Korea, he moved to Desenzano del Garda with his mother. He began practising athletics there at the age of ten, initially preferring sprinting, then discovering the long jump in 2011. He later moved to Rome, where he lives with his partner Nicole and his two children, Anthony (born 2019) and Megan (born 2021). Jacobs has a son, Jeremy (born 2013), from a previous relationship when he was 19.

In 2016, Jacobs won the Italian Athletics Championships in long jump. With a personal best of 8.07 m, he ranked at tenth place on the IAAF world leading list at the end of the 2017 indoor season. At the 2016 Italian U23 Championships he jumped 8.48 m, the best performance for an Italian, although this result cannot be recognized as a national record due to the wind in favour of 2.8 m/s (the regulation limit is 2.0 m/s).

On 13 May 2021, in Savona, Italy, he set the Italian record in the 100 metres with a time of 9.95 s, becoming the 150th person in history to break the 10-second barrier. On 26 June 2021, notwithstanding a headwind of −1.0 m/s, he beat the Italian championships' record with a time of 10.01 s, in Rovereto, winning his fourth national title in a row.

When questioned about his origins, he said he feels 100% Italian, admitting he is not very good at speaking English.


National records

  • 60 metres: 6.47, Toruń, 6 March 2021. Current holder.
  • 100 metres: 9.80, Tokyo, 1 August 2021. Current holder.
  • 4×100 m relay: 38.11, Doha, 4 October 2019, he ran second leg in the team with Federico Cattaneo, Davide Manenti, Filippo Tortu; current holder

Personal bests

Event Mark Wind (m/s) Venue Date Notes
60 m 6.47 s N/A Toruń 6 March 2021 Indoor, WL, NR
100 m 9.80 s +0.9 Tokyo 1 Aug 2021 AR, NR
200 m 20.61 s +0.2 Campi Bisenzio 6 May 2018
Long jump 8.07 m N/A Tunis 4 February 2017 Indoor
8.48 m +2.8 Bressanone 10 June 2016 Wind-assisted


Year Competition Venue Position Event Performance Notes
2016 Mediterranean U23 Championships Tunis 1st Long jump 7.95 m PB
European Championships Amsterdam 11th Long jump 7.59 m
2017 European Indoor Championships Belgrade Qual. Long jump 7.70 m
2018 European Championships Berlin SF 100 m 10.28
2019 IAAF World Relays Yokohama DNF 4×100 m relay no time
European Team Championships (SL) Bydgoszcz 2nd 100 m 10.39
European Indoor Championships Glasgow Qual. Long jump N.M.
World Championships Doha SF 100 m 10.20
SF 4×100 m relay 38.11 NR
2021 European Indoor Championships Toruń 1st 60 m 6.47 WL, NR
World Relays Chorzów 2nd 4×100 m relay 39.21
Olympic Games Tokyo 1st 100 m 9.80 AR

Other meetings

Year Competition Venue Position Event Performance Notes
2020 International Triveneto meeting Trieste 1st 100 m 10.10
2021 International Savona meeting Savona 1st 100 m 9.95 NR
BAUHAUS-galan Stockholm 2nd 100 m 10.05
Herculis Montecarlo 3rd 100 m 9.99

National titles

Jacobs won seven national championships at individual senior level.

  • Italian Athletics Championships
    • 100 m: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 (4)
    • Long jump: 2016 (1)
  • Italian Athletics Indoor Championships
    • 60 m: 2021 (1)
    • Long jump: 2017 (1)
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 01 Aug 2021. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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