“Further Diminishes His Title”- US Olympic Legend Blasts Lamont Marcell Jacobs for Absence After Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/14/2021, 2:18 AM EDT


Lamont Marcell Jacobs shocked the world by winning the men’s 100m sprint at the Tokyo Olympics, clinching gold out of nowhere, and upsetting the favorites in the race. The Italian won his country the second gold of the night in one of the best Olympic campaigns of the Azzurri to date. 

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Jacobs joined high jump winner Gianmarco Tamberi, who shared the gold medal with Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim, in bringing glory to Italy that night. However, as the sport goes, track athletes have to keep proving themselves in other competitions. The next major one in sign is the Prefontaine Classic which will take place next month.

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While top competitors such as Fred Kerley, Trayvon Bromell, and Andre de Grasse will be present in the men’s 100m race, the Italian press announced that Lamont Marcell Jacobs will not be participating. 

This came as a shock, given that he had just established himself as the fastest man on earth. However, USA Olympic legend Michael Johnson felt that for Jacobs, it was more of a way to preserve his position. 

“His (Jacobs’) title is deserved but a bit tenuous due to no track record of consistent world-beating performances,” Johnson wrote in a tweet. “If he goes on the Diamond League circuit and gets beaten badly in his first races as Olympic champ it further diminishes his title. Risky when he can stay home and be celebrated.”

Lamont Marcell Jacobs showed up at the perfect time in Tokyo

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Lamont Marcell Jacobs was unheard of when it came to the track competition this year. Trayvon Bromell, the favorite in the race, crashed out in the semi-finals while Fred Kerley took silver for the USA, backed by Ande de Grasse’s bronze for Canada. Jacobs, however, had a motivating run in the heats and ran on that heat to post a career-best timing of 9.80 seconds to win the gold. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s 100m – Final – OLS – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Lamont Marcell Jacobs of Italy celebrates after winning gold REUTERS/Phil Noble

Fred Kerley and Ande de Grasse also ran personal bests of 9.84 seconds and 9.89 seconds respectively. Jacobs showed up at the right time and delivered when needed the most. By staying out of the Prefontaine Classic, he will hold on to his newly won title, but the opportunity will pass on to other men.

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Trayvon Bromell for example, who failed to deliver on expectations in Tokyo, gas a chance to redeem himself. Fred Kerley, who was criticized for changing disciplines to the 100m from the 400m, has his chance to win gold and prove doubters wrong. 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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