Marcell Jacobs is back in Rome to conquer the Foro Italico. After completing his training period in the United States and competing at the Jacksonville meeting, the Italian Olympic champion is now training in the Eternal City.

The next target is the Sprint Festival scheduled for next Saturday at the Stadio dei Marmi in Rome, with just 20 days to go until the Roma 2024 European Athletics Championships, scheduled  7-12 June (tickets on sale here).

This morning Jacobs trained on the new track of the Stadio dei Marmi, the same amazing venue where he will compete at the Sprint Festival on Saturday. The historical stadium has been restored by Sport e Salute and today turned into a wonderful setting for the training of the Italian sprinter.

The Stadio dei Marmi will also be one of the warm-up of the Roma 2024 European Athletics Championships, while all races will take place or conclude (the race walk and the half marathon) inside the Olympic Stadium.

There will be several special events for fans of speed competition. The mens 100m qualification rounds are scheduled on the first evening session of the European Athletics Championships, on Friday 7 June. Semi-finals and finals will take place on the evening sessions of Saturday 8 June, when Jacobs will try to defend the European champion title that he won in Munich 2022 European Athletics Championships.

In Rome, Marcell will be able to count on the support of the home crowd, ready to fill the Olympic Stadium stands to cheer the Italian national team that has never been so full of talent, spread over several disciplines.

On the evening session of Sunday 9 June, there will be space for the finals of the women’s 100m and men’s 200m, the latter race in which another Italian star, Filippo Tortu, is also aiming to participate. Tortu was one of Jacobs’ teammates in the 4x100m Italian relay that won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The debut of the relays competition at the Roma 2024 European Athletics Championships is set for the evening session of Friday 7 June, when is scheduled the final of the 4x400m mixed relay. On the morning of Tuesday 11 June are scheduled the men’s and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays qualification rounds, while the four relays finals are scheduled for the last evening of competition, on Wednesday 12 June.

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