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Lamont Marcell Jacobs Biography – Lamont Marcell Jacobs Wiki
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Jr. is an Italian sprinter and long jumper. On 1 August 2021, Jacobs set a European record in the men’s 100-meter dash with a time of 9.80 seconds at the 2020 Olympics, to win the gold medal. He is the first Italian to win an Olympic medal in the 100-meter dash in the Games’ 125-year history.
He began competing in athletics at 9 years old, gravitating to sprinting and long jump. He made his first impression at the national level while competing in long jump. In 2016, he won the Italian Athletics Championships in long jump with a distance of 7.89 meters.
In 2018, he claimed his first 100-meter-dash title and began closing in on the event’s difficult 10-second barrier. In May 2021, he set the Italian record in the 100-meters with a time of 9.95 seconds and became the 150th person in history to finish the race in under 10 seconds.
Jacobs looked up to Carl Lewis and Andrew Howe. He told Corriere Della Sera, “From the first time I stepped on the track aged nine, I dreamt of the Olympics. On my bedroom wall I had the newspaper page of the famous Carl Lewis commercial with him wearing stiletto heels in the starting blocks.
“But my idol as a child was Andrew Howe who, like me is mixed race and half-American. I could identify with him.” Howe, born in Los Angeles, won the European jump title for Italy in 2006 and took world silver the following year.
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Italy’s Marcell Jacobs is the 100m Olympic champion. He won the Men’s 100m Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 01, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. He won in a new European record of 9.80.
He is the first European to win the Olympic 100m title since Britain’s Linford Christie at Barcelona 1992, and Italy’s first Olympic sprint champion since Pietro Mennea took the 200m at Moscow 1980.
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Age
Marcell Jacobs was born on 26 September 1994, in El Paso, Texas, United States. When his father, a soldier in the United States Army, was transferred to South Korea, he and his mother moved to Italy.
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Wife
Is Lamont Marcell Jacobs married? Marcell Jacobs is currently in a relationship with his partner Nicole Daza. Jacobs lives in Rome with his partner Nicole and their two children, a son Anthony and a daughter Meghan.
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Children
Marcell Jacobs has three children. Jacobs has two children, Anthony, born in 2019, and Megan, born in 2021, with his partner Nicole Daza. He has a son, Jeremy, born in 2013, from a previous relationship.
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Parents
Lamont Marcell Jacobs was born to an Italian mother and an American father. His mother Viviana told Corriere Della Sera: “I met Marcell’s father in Vicenza. He was a soldier in the US Army. I was 16 and he was 18. We got married and moved to Texas.
“After about three years, Marcell was born. But 20 days later, his father was transferred to South Korea. It was impossible to follow him, so I decided to go back to Italy. Marcell wasn’t even a month old.”
Jacobs has spoken about going to the United States to meet his father, but admits his English is not very good: “I feel Italian in every cell of my body, I even struggle to speak English!”
Marcell tried a number of sports before he eventually settled on athletics. His mother continued: “Coming from a family of motorcyclists, I always advised against that choice. For the rest he tried everything, from swimming to basketball: I wanted him to discover his passion. Plus I had to make him tired, because he did not stand still even while he slept!”
Lamont Marcell Jacobs’ parents separated when he was an infant, but Jacobs reconnected with his father for the first time in 2020, according to The Associated Press. After his 100-meter-dash victory on August 01, 2021, he said that finding his father was part of his mental preparation for the Games.
“I never saw my dad from that time,” Marcell Jacobs said. “But I started to speak with him one year ago for the first time. This helped me arrive here with a good mentality.”
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Height
Marcell Jacobs stands at a height of 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) and has a weight of 79 kg (174 lb).
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Nationality
Marcell Jacobs is of Italian nationality. He also has American nationality having been born in El Paso, Texas, to an American father and an Italian mother.
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Ethnicity
Marcell Jacobs was born in El Paso to an Italian mother and an African American father.
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Tattoos
Marcell Jacobs has a number of tattoos, which are clearly visible around his race vest. He calls the tattoos a representation of his “American” side, with one reading, “Famiglia. Dove nasce la vita e l’amore non ha mai fine,” which translates as “Family. Where life is born and love never ends.”
On his chest, he has a rose and, in Italian, the famous Charlie Chaplin quote “What is really good is to fight with determination, embrace life and live it with passion! Lose your battles with class and dare to win because the world belongs to those who dare.”
Also on his body are the names of his three children with the youngest, Meghan, on his right bicep. On his back is a tiger representing “strength, passion and beauty” and on his arm is a cross with the word ‘Believe’. Just below his neck he has the words ‘CrazyLongJumper’ which is also his nickname on Social Media.
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Race
Lamont Marcell Jacobs is of mixed race. He was born to an Italian mother and an African American father.
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Instagram
Lamont Marcell Jacobs’ Instagram handle is @crazylongjumper.