Italian athlete Marcell Jacobs, surprise Olympic champion in the 100m, allegedly collaborated with a man involved in drug trafficking.
Marcell Jacobs, the surprise Olympic 100m champion who succeeded Usain Bolt, is said to have collaborated with Giacomo Spazzini, a bodybuilder nutritionist until last spring. Problem: the latter is now targeted by an investigation by the Italian police, reveals the British newspaper The Times on its “One”.
At issue: the illegal distribution of anabolic steroids. Here is something to darken the improbable victory of the Italian sprinter in Tokyo in a blistering time of 9’80 ”, a European record in the end when he had never run under 10 seconds in 2021.
However, the investigation in question does not date from yesterday. It would have been opened in June 2019, according to the British newspaper, and Marcell Jacobs would have cut ties with Spazzini in March after being informed of the legal proceedings against the nutritionist.
Video became embarrassing
After the victory of Marcell Jacobs in Tokyo, his agent had however posted on Instagram an old video in which the Olympic champion praises the merits of the nutrionnist who is today in the crosshairs of justice.
“I was convinced he was the right person to help me with nutrition and interaction. You can’t leave anything to chance in this sport. We got to know each other and we made the final decision to go further together, ”said Jacobs in this video which today darkens the Italian’s victory.
The agent of the Olympic champion was quick to defend his athlete. “The investigation never concerned Marcell. We have no information about it. The question of Marcell’s use of doping products is crazy. The answer is obviously and categorically no, ”said the representative of the Olympic 100m champion.