Sunday, February 25, 2024

Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs drops out of Diamond League match-up vs. Fred Kerley


Marcell Jacobs, the Olympic 100m champion from Italy, has been pressured to withdraw from Sunday’s Diamond League meet in Rabat, Morocco, the place he was once set to stand off in opposition to global 100m champion Fred Kerley. Jacobs cited gentle sciatica as the cause of his withdrawal.

“I’m pressured to skip the 100m and the primary face-off with Kerley in Rabat, which I used to be actually taking a look ahead to, because of a sacral nerve block that I’m operating on resolving within the brief time period,” Jacobs mentioned in a tweet. “It’s the results of a misstep and no longer an harm, which does on the other hand stay me from competing in Morocco. I’m in sturdy bodily form technically and able for a perfect out of doors season. The problem is simplest postponed.”

Marcell Lamont Jacobs
Marcell Jacobs within the 100m qualifying on the 2022 International Athletics Championships in Eugene, Ore. Picture: Kevin Morris

Even supposing Jacobs will pass over the Rabat meet on Would possibly 28, he and Kerley are nonetheless scheduled to compete in opposition to each and every different at a Diamond League meet in Florence, Italy, on June 2, only if Jacobs’ sciatica remedy resolves within the subsequent week or so.

Jacobs skilled a number of setbacks remaining season, lacking maximum of it together with the arena championships, because of well being problems. In the meantime, Kerley’s primary competition within the upcoming race might be fellow American Trayvon Bromell, the arena bronze medallist, and Ferdinand Omanyala of Kenya, the quickest guy on the planet this yr with a time of 9.84 seconds.

The remaining time the reigning Olympic and global males’s 100m champions confronted each and every different in a race was once within the 2012 London Olympic ultimate, that includes Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake. Following Bolt’s reign from 2013 to 2017, he retired as Olympic champion till Jacobs shocked the arena together with his victory in Tokyo, the place Kerley claimed silver and Canada’s Andre De Grasse gained bronze.

Canadians in Rabat

Two of Canada’s best performers from the 2022 season might be opening up their Diamond League marketing campaign on Sunday in Rabat. International 800m bronze medallist Marco Arop will move up in opposition to the reigning global and Olympic 800m champion Emmanuel Korir of Kenya. Korir has gotten the most efficient of Arop of their remaining 3 conferences. The 800m in Rabat might be each athletes’ first race of the 2023 out of doors season. 

Marco Arop bronze medal 2022 World champs
Marco Arop wins the bronze medal within the 800m on the 2022 International Athletics Championships. Picture: Kevin Morris

After profitable the USATF Throws Competition remaining weekend with a mark of nineteen.58m, Canada’s Sarah Mitton will head into the ladies’s shot installed Rabat as the favorite. Mitton’s 2022 season was once one to keep in mind, profitable gold on the Commonwealth Video games and completing fourth on the 2022 International Athletics Championships. Mitton will rival 2021 Diamond League champion Auriol Dongmo, who’s ranked fourth on the planet within the shot put heading into Sunday.

You’ll be able to watch all motion from the Rabat Diamond League on Sunday afternoon on CBC Sports activities, beginning at 1 p.m. E.T.


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