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Marcell Jacobs is a track and field name who has carved his own legacy in the past few years, but the last few months have been filled with ups and downs for the Italian icon, as he failed to make it to the 100-meter finals at the World Athletics Championships last year. However, the reigning 100-meter Olympic champion is known for making staunch comebacks, and the Paris Olympics would be a platform for him to prove his worth once again as he is one of the faces in the global athletics realm.

While Jacobs is widely recognized in the athletics domain, there’s a lesser-known side to him that many of his fans aren’t aware of. The world champion got candid about the same in an interview recently and shed light on some unknown facts about himself.

Unveiling the hidden by-lane of the track icon

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As per the reports from The Guardian, Jacobs is known for staying away from the limelight and leading a normal life away from prominence. His new home in Jacksonville, Florida, has added more to his humble lifestyle, as he is not very popular in his new neighborhood. “I could go to the shop in my socks and nobody would recognise me, so I can do what I want. It’s a lot different to life in Italy, but it helps me stay emotionally calm, Marcell Jacobs said in his statement.

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The Italian prodigy shifted to train under American coach Rana Reider, and not many are aware that he was born in El Paso, Texas, to an American father and Italian mother and later moved to Italy after his parents’ separation. With this, the 29-year-old runner will also be able to reestablish contacts with his paternal side of the family, who resides near Jacksonville itself. Following these recent updates in his personal and professional life, the European champion is ready to test his boosters ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Marcell Jacobs poised to push his readiness to the limit

The sprinting phenom will be lined up next month for the maiden start of the season, and he will also be appearing in the world relay championships happening on May 4th and 5th in Nassau, Bahamas. I think I will begin my season around mid-April with one or two 100-meter races, although nothing is definite yet,” he told Gazzetta Dello Sport on Tuesday.

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In the world relay championships, Marcell Jacobs will participate in the 4×100-meter relay, in which he is also the reigning Olympic champion. Training with partners like Trayvon Bromell and others, the platform will give him the chance to get back into competitive mode, as his fans have high expectations of him at the Olympics, where he will compete as the defending champion.

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