– I’d be lying if I said no. with these words, Lamont Marcell Jacobs presented his biggest dream: to break the long tradition of Usain Bolt men’s 100m world record.
During an Instagram live stream with the Italian athletics federation, the reigning Olympic champion in the 100m and 4x100m admitted that while Bolt’s mark with 9.58 seconds – which has held since 2009, with Tyson Gay and Yohan Blake’s 9.69 being the next two closest marks – seemed daunting, it was a job he wanted to do.
“Of course, I think about the record as I thought about winning the Olympics,” said Jacobs. “I know it’s a feat that only one person has achieved, and few have come close – or even not close, because really one-tenth (seconds) is a lot in 100m.
“But dreams are meant to be big, and not setting boundaries is the best way to overcome them.”
Marcell Jacobs sets goals and targets for 2023
A few days ago, Jacobs shared how he is changing his winter routine and confirmed his schedule for the upcoming 2023 athletics season.
One of the events on his winter calendar was the 2023 European Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey in March – and he knows exactly what he wants to do: repeat his 60m title.
“The 2021 European Indoors kicked off my winning streak,” Jacobs explained. “That’s why I want to confirm that I’m the European 60m champion.”
Then some bigger goals. With the World Athletics Relays canceled in 2023, the qualifying relay for next year’s World Championships in Budapest will now be based on results from both the 2022 World Championships and overall performance rankings.
Italy failed to qualify for the men’s 4x100m final in Eugene, meaning the Olympic champions must secure a place in 2023 with their performances this season.
“The goal is to qualify for the 4×100 relay world championships,” said Jacobs. “We are Olympic champions and there can be no World Cup without Italy.”
And individually, there is an obvious gap in Jacobs’ collection that he wants to fix in the coming year.
After withdrawing from the 2022 World Championship semi-finals due to injury, Jacobs is looking to finally be on the podium at the 2023 outdoor championships.
“The Outdoor World Championships is the only medal I miss. That’s the goal of the year.”