The neophytes who have glanced at the 100m final of the Tokyo Olympics still cannot believe it.
After realizing that Jamaican legend Usain Bolt had retired well, they discovered that an Italian was also capable of being the fastest man in the world.
For Guy Ontanon, sprint specialist, ex-trainer of Muriel Hurtis, Christine Arron, Sylviane Félix, Ronald Pognon, and Jimmy Vicaut, the victory of Lamont Marcell Jacobs is not necessarily unexpected.
Is this title of Lamont Marcell Jacobs a surprise?
Yes, but it's not the biggest surprise of the year either.
On what we have seen since this winter (Editor's note: in March, European indoor champion in the 60m, in 6''47), it does not come out of nowhere.
He had already shown his level of performance on several occasions.
This allowed him to get the first European record (9 ′ 84), which he then improved (9 ′ 80 in the final).
Was he really the strongest?
But I have to say that his opponents disappointed me overall.
What do you mean ?
The race was really uncertain after the semi-finals (where the American Trayvon Bromell, best performer of the year in 9 seconds 77, was eliminated).
In the final, we quickly saw that Su Bingtian, the Chinese, had already given everything before.
I especially expected better from the Americans, especially Ronnie Baker (5th in 9'95).
It is clean, fluid and powerful
What made the difference?
On his technique.
It's clean, smooth, and powerful.
My little question concerns the capacity that it has to prolong its acceleration.
It can continue to go faster and faster up to 90m, which means it only decelerates in the last ten.
Usually all athletes do it in the last 30, 40.
At this level, it's huge.
We haven't seen a European win since 1992, and a certain Linford Christie ...
Yes, and that feels good.
It is a little breath of well-being to see that the old continent can compete with the American sprinters or the islands of the Antilles.
Everything was possible.
The proof, we even expected an Asian (Su Bingtian) on the top step of the podium.
THE SUCCESSOR OF USAIN BOLT IS ITALIAN!
JACOBS IN 9.80 s!
We are on top of the world in 2021 ❤️🔥🇮🇹
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Can Jacobs last?
It is not easy to know and affirm it. In view of what he showed, I would still answer in the affirmative. It will also depend on his opponents, who will have to show something else.