Marcell Jacobs ends season in style at Azzurro Caorle event

The two-time Olympic gold medallist, who is set to be wed on Saturday, caps off an injury-blighted season marked by the 60m indoor world title and the 100m European crown.

By Olympics.com | Created 13 September
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Tokyo 2020 Olympic 100m and 4x100m gold medallist Marcell Jacobs of Italy took one last turn in his 2022 season Tuesday (13 September) during an 68m race staged at the Azzurro Caorle event.

Jacobs, the 2022 60m indoor world champion and 100m European gold medal winner, participated in the un-timed exhibition on a special track prepared on the seafront promenade of the coastal town located 60km east of Venice.

He was joined by Olympic 4x100m teammate Lorenzo Patta and junior European medallist Matteo Melluzzo. Jacobs finished first ahead of Patta.

The race was staged by the Veneto Region and the Municipality of Caorle to honour the success Jacobs and his Italians sprinting teammates have enjoyed over the last 14 months.

Paralympic gold medallist Ambra Sabatini featured in the women's race.

Jacobs, who raced for the first time since winning gold at the European championships in Munich, has other big plans for the week: his wedding, scheduled for Saturday (17 September). He will marry his partner Nicole Daza in a ceremony at Lake Garda.

The 27-year-old had an injury-blighted season that saw him pull out early at the Worlds in July, while a calf issue kept him out of action for the last few weeks.

"(Reigning 100m world champion) Fred Kerley showed that he's now my main rival," Jacobs said to Gazzetta.it ahead of the event in Caorle.

"Perhaps at the Worlds I wouldn't have lost if I had been in my best shape, but next year there's another World Champs and I'll try to claim the only title I haven't won yet."

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