Rome is looking forward to welcome the 100 metres Olympic champion. The fastest man in the world, the Olympic, European indoor and world indoor champion Marcell Jacobs will sprint at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea, a meeting named after the legend of Italian sprint. The sprint star, who made million Italians dream at the Olympic Games in Tokyo by winning the first ever gold medal in the 100 metres for the Italian team, will be one of the most eagerly awaited men of the 42nd edition of the Golden Gala, which shapes up as a must-see event, on Thursday 9th June at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Jacobs won everything in one year: double Olympic gold medal in Japan with the European record of 9.80 in the 100 metres final and in the 4x100 relay with Patta, Desalu and Tortu in 37.50, world indoor champion in the 60 metres in Belgrade with another European record (6.41) over the distance, where he started his campaign at the European Championships in Torun last year. The home crowd will cheer for Marcell Jacobs to push to another unforgettable night. The 27-year-old Italian sprinter, who trains in Rome on the track of the Paolo Rosi stadium, not far from the Olympic Stadium, will compete in the Italian capital two years after his most recent appearance, when he finished fourth in 10.11. In the most recent months his international level has grown dramatically and the Wanda Diamond League is the perfect stage to fulfill his potential.
Everything is set for a red-hot 100m race a few weeks before the World Championships in Eugene. Jacobs will take on US sprinters Fred Kerley and Trayvon Bromell, two of the best sprinters out there, respectively the 100 metres Olympic silver medallist and the world seasonal leader in 2021 with 9.76. Kerley has already shown his class by clocking the 200 metres in 19.80 in Walnut on 16 April. He is the “Diamond League champion” in 2021, the current World Ranking leader and set his PB of 9.84 over the 100m distance in the Olympic final in the head-to-head clash with Jacobs. The 26-year-old sprinter ran at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea in 2018 in the 400m, the distance where he won the world bronze medal in Doha. Bromell made his only appearance in Rome in 2016 in the 200 metres finishing seventh a few months after his triumph at the World Indoor Championships in the 60 metres in Portland. The 26-year-old sprinter, who also won the world bronze medal in Beijing 2015 in the 100 metres, ended last year’s season at the top of the world list with his PB of 9.76 in Nairobi. This year he has already shown his very good shape clocking a wind-assisted 9.75 (+2.1 m/s) in Jacksonville last Saturday.