Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs has split with coach Paolo Camossi, also a former athlete and 2001 world indoor triple jump champion
“Together we wrote the history of athletics, Italian and world. We spent some very big and powerful moments together, and in life there are ups and downs. We came to the conclusion that the time has come to part ways and take different paths,” explained Jacobs, who has worked with Camossi since 2015.
“I felt that I needed a complete change, also in terms of motivation. I want to train in a new place, find athletes to train with, who would encourage me and help me in the most demanding moments of winter preparations,” added the 28-year-old Italian champion.
From European to Olympic and world titles
He was born in El Paso, in the American star state of Texas, to an Italian mother and an American soldier of African roots, but he lived in Italy from the age of six, and later partly in the United States, but he always competed for Italy. Next, he trained in the long jump and jumped the magic eight-meter mark. In 2019, under Camossi’s leadership, he switched to sprint only.
Just two years later, he had the best season of his career when he became the European indoor 60m champion in Torun, Poland in March, before winning two more Olympic gold medals in the summer, surprisingly in both the 100m and the Italian 4x relay 100 m.
This was followed by a period of great problems with injuries and he performed less, but this year he won silver at the World Cup in Budapest with the Italian relay and silver at the indoor EP at 60 m. Last year in Belgrade, he was also the indoor world champion at 60 m, and then in Germany in the summer, he was the European champion at 100 m.