(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 21 – “Marcell Jacobs wanted to run the relay, when he went to the track he felt again a pain in his calf, in a different point from that of the final of the 100”: says Stefano Mei, president of FIDAL , taking stock of the Olympian’s renunciation of the 4x100m. “His coach was a bit more perplexed than him, Marcell was available but then he had to give up”, added Mei, speaking from Casa Italia to Monaco for the final European Championship. “I wanted a confrontation with him and his coach to understand what the situation was: there was absolutely no quarrel or altercation.” “Maybe some mistake has been made – added Mei, speaking of Jacobs’ withdrawal from the 4×100 – if we go back we would maybe do something different. But that’s how it went”. President Fidal recalled that “Jacobs had the courage to go to Eugene but he had to stop, then he had the courage to come here and he won the gold. In the life of an athlete these things happen, and it is normal for a coach to want to preserve the integrity of his athlete , and that the athlete thinks he wants to run. But I myself, before the World Championships and these European Championships, I said to Marcell ‘if you don’t feel like it, don’t run’. I was an athlete, I know what that means “. (HANDLE).
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