BERLIN (Reuters) – Italy’s double Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs marked his return to action for the primary time since his shock win in Tokyo final yr with victory in the 60 metres at a ISTAF outside occasion in Berlin on Friday.
Jacobs took day out from the game since successful gold in the 100 metres and 4x100m in Tokyo, lacking the 5 Diamond League occasions that adopted his Olympic triumph, together with the two-day finale in Zurich.
He confirmed no signal of rust in the German capital, successful his warmth with ease, earlier than going even sooner in the ultimate, crossing the road first in 6.51 seconds forward of Ivorian Arthur Cisse and France’s Jimmy Vicaut.
The former lengthy jumper’s beautiful win and speedy enchancment — he broke the 10-second barrier for the primary time three months earlier than the Tokyo Games — led to some media experiences highlighting previous doping instances involving breakout athletics stars, however Jacobs stated his success was purely down to his efforts.
Jacobs advised the Daily Telegraph newspaper final week that he by no means has and by no means will take performance-enhancing medicine, whereas the Italian defined that he ended his 2021 season early due to exhaustion.
(Reporting by Peter Hall, enhancing by Pritha Sarkar)