Marcell Jacobs announces shocking split with long-time coach Paolo Camossi

Double Olympic gold medalist Marcell Jacobs has confirmed his split from his long-standing mentor. In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian sprinter revealed that he is ending his professional relationship with Paolo Camossi, who has been his coach since 2015. “We wrote the history of Italian and world athletics together. We shared beautiful moments, but life has its phases, and we have come to the conclusion that it is right to go our separate ways,” Jacobs said. “It was a difficult decision; I won’t deny it. Paolo was an important and fundamental guide for me. I wish him luck and success in his future professional endeavors. Even though our paths diverge, he remains a great coach in my eyes.”

Marcell Jacobs‘ career has lately been full of highs and lows. After winning both the 100m and 4x100m relay at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, the 28-year-old faced setbacks, including withdrawing from the World Athletics Championships 2022 due to an injury. He managed to make a comeback by taking home the gold for the 100m at the European Athletics Championships 2022 in Munich. At this year’s World Athletics Championships 2023 in Budapest, he failed to make it to the finals as he landed fifth in the semi-finals but grabbed a silver in the 4x100m relay.

When did the speculations begin regarding the split?

The speculations around the fall out between Marcell Jacobs and Camossi began circulating during the Diamond League Finals in Eugene, Oregon. Jacobs went solo to a Diamond League event in Xiamen, China, where he came in seventh in the 100m. In Zagreb, Croatia, a week later, Camossi was not present, as Jacobs took third place, finishing just behind Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala. Marcell Jacobs is yet to break the 10-second barrier and earn the automatic qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

What will Jacobs be aiming for in the coming future?

Paolo Camossi, who was a world indoor triple jump champion in 2001 and an Olympian in Sydney in 2000, began his association with Jacobs when the latter was a 20-year-old long jumper. As Jacobs aims for Olympic qualification, he now has to quickly decide on his new coaching setup as he prepares to defend his titles at the European Championships 2024 in Rome and the Paris Olympics 2024. The athlete, who signed a long-term deal with Puma last year, is likely to move his training base away from Rome.

The options for staying in Italy are under consideration as some rumors have linked Marcell Jacobs to another Italian coach, Marco Airale. Airale, based in Padua, has worked with various Italian and British sprinters, including Reece Prescod, Daryll Neita, and Jeremiah Azu. Jacobs might also consider relocating to the United States, where many of the world’s premier sprinters train.

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