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Lamont Marcell Jacobs, who won gold during the Tokyo Olympic Games in the 100-metre sprint has left his long-time coach Paolo Camossi.
Camossi guided Jacobs to a personal best of 9.80 seconds, which he accomplished winning gold at the Tokyo Olympic Games. The sprint is the Italian and European record. He was also a member of the gold-winning Italian team that one the 4 x 100m relay in 37.50 seconds, also a national record.
Interesting news. Marcell Jacobs has parted ways with his coach of eight years Paolo Camossi. https://t.co/33zPVtbENc— Steven Mills (@srmills90) September 18, 2023
Jacobs told Gazzetta Dello Sport, “We wrote Italian and world athletics history, but life has different stages and we’ve realized that it’s time to go our separate ways.
I realized that I needed to completely change things. I want to be in a new place, find athletes who can train with me, push me, and above all help me with the more difficult work of winter training.”
Jacobs is a dual Italian and American citizen. He chooses to compete for Italy. However, was born in El Paso, Texas. He first began competing in athletics in the long jump and converted exclusively to the 100m sprint in 2019. His legal best long jump is 8.07m with an illegal, wind-aided 8.48m. He is married with a family in Rome.
The now 49-year-old Camossi is a former triple jumper who won World Indoor gold in 2001. He has coached Jacobs since 2015.