The press release from the Italian Athletics Federation (Fidal) fell less than two hours before the start of the 100m semi-finals of the World Athletics Championships in Eugene (United States). Victim of a contracture at the top of the right thigh which occurred during the first round on Friday, the Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs must forfeit.
Penalized by a strained left thigh in recent weeks
Many examinations were carried out on Saturday morning and the decision was made not to take any additional risk. This package does not seem so surprising given the fragility of Jacobs for several weeks. Penalized by a strain in his left thigh, he had to give up several meetings in May and June.
Friday, at the end of his series, finished in second place in 10”04 behind the Jamaican Oblique Seville, winner in 9”93 (+ 0.2 m / s), Jacobs had been little reassuring against the microphones : “I had to fight, I’m not 100%, but I gave everything I had. I will go to treatment to be ready for the semi-finals on Saturday. » So that wasn’t enough.
Shortly after the formalization of his package, Jacobs tweeted these few words: “A painful choice, but I have to give up. I’m a fighter and that’s why I came to Eugene. But, in order not to jeopardize the rest of the season by aggravating the injury, I have to postpone my challenge. I promise that I will do my best to make you dream. »