Marcell Jacobs is preparing for an important new season. Under the supervision of technicians from CONI’s Institute of Medicine and Sport Science, the two-time Olympic champion underwent some tests to analyse the rhythmic nature of sprinting at the Paolo Rosi Stadium track and, inside the laboratory, carried out specific tests to assess muscle strength at the Acqua Acetosa Olympic Preparation Centre (CPO) in Rome.
“These are fundamental tests,” says the Italian sprinter “for me and for my team led by my coach Paolo Camossi. It is important to understand which limb I push hardest with and where I can improve: we have to work on details to be able to go even harder”.
Jacobs gave an all-round analysis: “I feel really good. This is the third week of preparation for next season. I feel the fatigue but I am already looking forward to the races. Goals? I want to do well at the European Indoor Championships in Istanbul at the beginning of March. Then there will be the World Outdoor Championships: it’s the only medal that I’m missing; that is my goal of the year”.
This year, physical problems have limited appearances of the star who triumphed at the Tokyo Games: “As soon as we feel good, athletes like me want to compete. In the new season I want to be in top form when it matters most. We have already proven several times what we are capable of. Paris 2024? That will be another huge goal. I will arrive there as a two-time reigning Olympic champion and I don't know quite what to expect. I can’t wait”.