Usain Bolt hasn’t yet reached out to congratulate Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs, the person who received gold and succeeded him as Olympic 100-meter champion.
Bolt has not related with Jacobs on Twitter or on Instagram. Not by private message. Not by an middleman.
Marcell Jacobs claimed a victory within the Olympic 100 metres final on Sunday, changing into the primary individual from Italy to declare the athletics title.
“I know he received some messages from other Olympic champions welcoming him to the club, so to speak,” Paolo Camossi, the private coach of the shock gold medalist from Italy, Marcell Jacobs, advised The Associated Press on Tuesday. “But not from Bolt.”
Not that it actually issues.
That’s as a result of, to Jacobs, Bolt will all the time stay a legend and the face of observe and area on the Games. Before retiring in 2017, Bolt received eight Olympic gold medals.
“Usain is Marcell’s idol. Marcell grew up watching all of Bolt’s races,” Camossi stated. “He has them memorized.”
Jacobs stated after winning the 100 in 9.80 seconds — 0.01 quicker than Bolt ran at his final Games 5 years in the past however far slower than Bolt’s world report of 9.58 — that it’s manner too early to examine champions.
“Right now there’s nobody who can be compared to Bolt,” the coach stated. “Marcell did something great, but this is the first Olympics of the post-Bolt era. The nice thing, though, was that he won with a great time. It was the fastest winning time at the Olympics — besides Bolt’s victories. That’s notable.”
There’s little doubt Bolt has been paying consideration to the Olympics. After Jamaica’s sweep of the medals within the girls’s 100, Bolt posted a video on Twitter and Instagram of himself dancing in celebration.
While Jacobs nonetheless plans to run the 4×100-meter relay in Tokyo — the heats begin Thursday — he and Camossi have already established their post-Olympic schedule.
After what needs to be a celebratory return to Rome on Monday, Jacobs shall be again on the street every week later when he travels to the United States for a Diamond League meet in Eugene, Oregon, on Aug. 21 for his first 100 as Olympic champion.
“We want to test the track for the world championships,” Camossi stated, referring to subsequent 12 months’s worlds at Hayward Field. “We’ll have to see how his legs are holding up. But he can wear that gold medal around his neck for three years and we’ve got to get accustomed to that.
“Before, he was someone who was just trying to upset the established hierarchy,” Camossi added. “Marcell is the man to beat now.”
After Eugene, Jacobs plans to run at two extra Diamond League meets, in Brussels (Sept. 3) and Zurich (Sept. 8-9).
Jacobs was initially an extended jumper however switched his consideration to sprinting after a collection of knee accidents.
Camossi was a jumper, too. He received the triple soar on the world indoor championships in 2001 with a uncommon victory over then-Olympic champion Jonathan Edwards of Britain.
Like his pupil, Camossi had to research up on sprinting approach. And each are nonetheless studying. Jacobs hadn’t run a sub-10 100 till this 12 months, so the training curve has been steep.
“He’s only really been a full-time sprinter since 2019. So there’s definitely room for improvement and a lot of aspects still to work on,” Camossi stated. “And at this level, if you can improve something by 1% it makes an incredible difference.”
And who is aware of, perhaps if Jacobs does maintain enhancing, Bolt will ultimately discover.