Marcell Jacobs won the 100 meters in the Berlin European Championships



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Marcell Jacobs won the 100 meters in the Berlin European Championships

Marcell Jacobs, reigning Olympic champion in the 100 meters, won the gold medal at the European Championships in Berlin. Jacobs finished the race in 9''95, a new championship record, ahead of the English Zharnel Hughes (9''99) and Jeremiah Azu (10''13).

After the victory, the Italian athlete said: "They have been complicated months, winning the gold is exciting and gives me confidence. I am not satisfied at the best of the race, I probably ran better in the semifinals and in the final I suffered a bit of Tension.

Okay so, the important thing was to get in front of everyone. Before the semifinal, trying to start, I accused a hardening of the calf. I closed my eyes, trying to do everything possible: in the end it was a simple contracture.

It has been a complex and difficult season, bringing gold home is exciting. I am not very satisfied with the race, I would like to see it again because I think I ran the semifinal better. Maybe I felt a bit of tension and didn't get a good start, then I managed to get out but the important thing was to get in front of everyone.

While trying to start from the blocks I also had a calf problem, but I tried to give everything, luckily it was a simple contracture. Time does not satisfy me, I always look for the best but I am happy. Half of the people believed that I would not even start, winning the gold makes me realize that the little work we have managed to do works and I can continue to do great things.

Now we will try to give satisfaction also in the 4x100. It is my fourth heavy title in a year and a half. I still need one, the outdoor world title, but next season in Budapest I will immediately have the right opportunity to make up for it.

In truth I was hoping to do something better, to go below 9 ”90. Maybe my calf discomfort stopped me and in any case I felt better sensations in the semifinals. I never thought I'd have to give up the European Championships, they had become the goal after giving up the World Cup.

I dedicate success to those who are with me, but also to those who are against me. It stimulates me. The future? The relay on Friday with the final on Sunday, a couple of meetings and the wedding. A nice program, isn't it?"