Two-time Italian Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs insisted he was not bothered by the doping suspicions raised by the media, and that the hard work is to be thanked for his record exploits in Tokyo.
Jacobs became the first Italian to win gold in the 100 meters, setting a European record of 9.80 seconds in the final, and was part of his country’s triumphant 4 × 100 relay team.
The 26-year-old’s performances have led to media reports highlighting doping cases involving athletic stars, stories which Giovanni Malago, the president of the Italian Olympic Committee, called “unpleasant”.
“These controversies do not affect me,” Jacobs told Il Messaggero on Monday.
“I know I came here making a lot of sacrifices. I have had disappointments and losses, but I always got up and rolled up my sleeves.
“If I got here, it was only through hard work. They can write whatever they want.
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Jacobs said on Saturday he had parted ways with his former nutritionist after learning that Giacomo Spazzini was under investigation for a link to performance-enhancing substances.
“Honestly, this is something that I’m not involved in, because the first moment we heard about this thing that happened, we stopped working with him,” Jacobs said.
“But we’re not worried, in fact the person was involved in a situation that was not their fault. At the end of the situation, he was not considered guilty, so we relaxed about it. “
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