Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs has made his comeback over 100 m after a week-long injury break – but before the World Championships in Eugene/USA (July 15 to 24) the 27-year-old still has a lot of work to do.
Jacobs became Italian champion in Rieti in 10.12 seconds, his competitors Fred Kerley (9.77/USA) and Yohan Blake (9.85/Jamaica) were significantly faster in their title fights.
“I’m not yet able to do a full 100m,” Jacobs said. “In training, I had to do everything at a moderate pace.”
Nevertheless, it was “useful” to have contested a race for the first time since May 18th. He was recently absent due to muscular problems.
Kerley and Blake, on the other hand, presented themselves in top form, especially Olympic bronze medalist Kerley is hot for his home World Championships. He “expected something faster,” he said. As the third-fastest American to date, the Tokyo silver medalist isn’t there yet: “Whenever I can get Usain Bolt’s world record – that’s what I’m aiming for.”