Preview of Meeting Lievin Men’s 60 meters

Preview of Meeting Lievin Men’s 60 meters

Marcell Lamont Jacobs, the double Olympic 100m and 4×100 relay champion will compete in the 60 meters for the third year in a row in Liévin. Five sprinters with a personal best of 9.85 in the 100 meters or faster compete in the Liévin race.

Last year, the Italian sprinter won his maiden 60m event in Liévin in 6.54 seconds, then won the European Indoor gold medal in Torun in 6.47 seconds, just 0.05 seconds faster than Dwain Chambers’ European record.

Jacobs began the outdoor season by setting an Italian 100-meter record of 9.95 at the Giulio Ottolia Memorial in Savona, and then finished in the top three at two Wanda Diamond League meets in Stockholm (second in 10.05) and Monaco (third in 9.99). In Tokyo, he won the Olympic gold medal in the 100m with a European record of 9.80 seconds, capping off a tremendous season. He ran the second leg in 8.92 seconds five days later, helping Italy win the Olympic gold medal in the 4×100 relay in a national record and world-leading time of 37.50 seconds.

Jacobs started the 2022 indoor season with two wins in the 60 meters in 6.51 at the ISTAF Indoor meeting in Berlin and at the Orlen Cup in Lodz in 6.49, missing his Italian Indoor record by 0.02.

Jacobs will face Ronnie Baker, who set the Liévin meeting record with 6.44 in 2020, just missing his indoor PB by 0.04. The US sprinter won the world indoor bronze medal in Birmingham 2018 with 6.44 and placed fifth in the Olympic 100m final in 9.95.

Baker defeated Jacobs in two Wanda Diamond League meetings: 10.03 in Stockholm, 9.91 in Monaco, and 9.83 to 9.84 in the Olympic quarterfinal in Tokyo. Despite this, Jacobs won the Olympic gold medal in the final.

Michael Rodgers and Marvin Bracy, who won world indoor silver medals in the 60m in Doha 2010 and Sopot 2014, respectively, and had the identical PBs of 6.48 in the 60m and 9.85 in the 100m, are the other top US sprinters to watch. Bracy won four Continental Tour races in the 100m, including 9.85 in Memphis, 9.98 in Rovereto, 9.95 in Berlin, and 9.86 in Zagreb.

Ferdinand Omanyala of Kenya, who broke the African record in the 100m with a time of 9.77 at the Continental Tour meeting in Nairobi last September, Arthur Cissé of Ivory Coast, and 2013 European Indoor champion Jimmy Vicaut of France, who finished second and third to Marcell Jacobs in Berlin this year, and US Cravont Charleston, who equaled his 60m PB with a time of 6.54 in Metz this winter, round out the field. Sean Safo-Antwi, a two-time Olympian from Ghana, will also compete tonight.



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June 2022
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