“The 100m Was Very Open”: Usain Bolt on Lamont Marcell Jacobs Taking His Title

Published 10/08/2021, 2:43 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after crossing the finish line ahead of Ryan Bailey of the United States to win gold and set a new world record of 36.84 during the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)


With 8 Olympic gold medals to his name, Usain Bolt is the GOAT of sprinting. Historically, Bolt is the only sprinter to win the 100m and 200m titles at three consecutive Olympics. However, the Tokyo Olympics 2021 saw a new star, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, taste gold.

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Notably, the Texas-born Italian sprinter claimed a shock triumph in the 100m race at the Tokyo Olympics as well as in the 4x100m relay.

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But what does the start Jamaican sprinter think of Jacobs? Will he be able to live up to Bolt’s legacy?

Usain Bolt on Marcell Jacobs

According to star sprinter, Usain Bolt, the 100m this year at the Tokyo Olympic 2021 was open. He believes that Lamont Marcell Jacobs has stepped up his game.

“The 100m was very open this year and credit to Marcell Jacobs for stepping up his game when it mattered,” said Bolt.

However, Lamont has still got a long way to go, if he’s to follow in the footsteps of the legend. While he has 2 Olympic gold medals to his credit, Usain Bolt has set the unachievable standard of 8 Gold Medals, while also being the fastest man on earth. Bolt is of the opinion that it will be quite intriguing to see what happens in Paris 2024.

“It’s interesting who leads into Paris [2024],” added Bolt.

Lamont has performed his best at Tokyo, standing at 9.80 seconds, with America’s Fred Kerley taking silver in 9.84seconds.

As fast as this may sound, it is still far away from Bolt’s 2009 record of 9.58 seconds, making him the fastest man alive. No athlete has even come close to beating that record.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after he wins gold during the Men’s 200m Final on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Just recently, Bolt himself has stated that there is currently no one who can take his legacy forward in the sport. He believes an athlete has to get up and take responsibility to become the next big thing.

“The sport is waiting for someone to take responsibility and say “listen to me, I’m that person now. If you want that position, you can take it. Because there is no one,” said Bolt.

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From mango orchards to track fields

Recently, Bolt revealed how he gets his speed from being chased away from mango orchards in his childhood. He said, “Sometimes you’d go to a mango orchard that you knew you shouldn’t be in and someone would chase you out. That’s where I got my first taste of running away as fast as I could.”

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Undoubtedly, Bolt is a man with many talents. However, nothing comes close to his blistering speed on the track.

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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