Rome – Marcell Jacobs was born 26 years ago in El Paso, Texas, from an Italian mother (Viviana Masini) and a Texan father, and grew up in Italy withathletics in the blood. He approached the sport by practicing the basketball and soon after he let himself be conquered by football, who brought out his great skills as a sprinter.
On the Desenzano del Garda track he honed his talent, gradually channeling it into long jump: in 2013, before a foot injury, he improved (7.75) a junior record that had endured since 1976. In 2016 he made the longest jump ever for an Italian with 8.48 windy (+2.8), while in 2018, after a knee problem, he is back as a sprinter. In 2019 he returned after two years in the long race (8.05 indoor) and dropped to 10.03 on 100 meters, the third blue of all times, before signing the Italian record at the Doha World Championships with the 4×100 relay (38.11). In 2021 he improved his staff several times in the indoor 60s until the European triumph in Torun, with the Italian record of 6.47. In Savona, on the other hand, he became the fastest Italian on 100 meters, stopping the time at 9 “95.
Father of 3 children, he has a particular fondness for tattoos.
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