“Marcell is running free, he is having fun, the training is comforting. If we are here in Monaco it is because he is doing well and can compete.” Coach Paolo Camossi, from Bavaria, takes stock of the situation on the conditions of Marcell Jacobs, and confirms the participation of the Olympic champion in the 100 meters and in the 4x100m at the European Championships in Germany: all in two hours for the queen race, or a little plus, semifinal and final on Tuesday 16 at 20.05 and 22.15 respectively. “I see a basically four-handed race – says Camossi -, Marcell has the best odds but he shouldn’t be underestimated”.
The European 100-meter title has been missing from Italian athletics since 1978, when Pietro Mennea won it in Prague. Jacobs shows up at the Olympiastadion with the fifth time of the year, no longer the fourth, also considered the fresh 9.99 of the Turkish Emre Barnes. “Marcell is the Olympic gold medalist and he is here to win, but it is not a race to be taken lightly – Camossi’s assessment -. There is no shortage of opponents, the British Hughes and Prescod can certainly run strong, the suddenly popped Turk can bother, the French Zeze didn’t go slow (9.99, ed) but I don’t know if he will only do the two hundred. Together with the physiotherapist Alberto Marcellini, the Jacobs-Camossi tandem flew to Bavaria on Tuesday: “We arrived early to better enter the competition climate – says the coach -: having not competed much, it is important to see the stadium first, to live there. ‘hotel, in short, turn on the car. We found a nice field near the hotel, in the middle of a forest, and we trained there. As always, we do not do tests but monitored training, and the answers are positive, I trust mine Marcell’s eyes and sensations “. The stop of Eugene’s World Cup, the renunciation of the semi-final after 10.04 of the battery due to a discomfort in the right adductor which later turned out to be an injury, did not undermine the confidence of the king of Tokyo, as Camossi explains again. “Falling is almost always the way to get stronger. Our adventure together began with the famous 8.48 windy in the long run, then we had more falls than successes, before the Olympics – he says -. Once again, despite the difficulties of the season, we have never been uncomfortable, we have analyzed, and at the end of the year we will do an even more complete analysis. I try to take responsibility and find a solution together with him. Would I do everything again? Yes, everything. At the limit – the words of the coach, alluding to the unfortunate episode of early May in Kenya – I would recommend a double mask to avoid the Rotavirus caught in Italy before traveling to Nairobi. That virus created some problems “. Now we look forward, to the Monaco straight and to the new individual and relay goals: “Concentration and desire to do – the keywords expressed by Camossi – we will think about it at the end of the season, I don’t think it will be in the Diamond League, we would like to race in Italy. But now we only think about the European Championships, the most important event of the moment “.