" \\r\\n<br><p>\\n<h2 class=\\"intro\\">\\nOlympic 100m champion\\u2019s decision comes in the backdrop of \\u2018doping insinuations\\u2019\\n<\\\/h2>\\n<\\\/p><div id=\\"content-body-14269002-35904470\\">\\n<p>Italy\\u2019s Lamont Marcell Jacobs, who claimed a shock Olympic triumph in the 100m, said on Friday he had decided not to run again until 2022 so he could be in top form next year.<\\\/p><h2>No simple decision<\\\/h2><p>\\u201cIt\\u2019s not a simple decision,\\u201d he said in an interview on Rai 1 public television, the day after announcing the pause on social <em>media<\\\/em>.<\\\/p><p>\\u201cI am the first to want to compete every week, but you get to a certain point in which you realise that it does not end here, in the sense that this is only a great starting point,\\u201d Jacobs said. <\\\/p><h2>Almost unknown<\\\/h2><p>Almost unknown a year ago, the 26-year-old claimed a shock triumph in the 100m at the Tokyo Olympics as well as gold in the 4x100m relay.<\\\/p><p>His stunning victory was achieved in a European record of 9.80s. <\\\/p><p>The Texas-born sprinter had been scheduled to next run on August 21 at the Eugene Diamond League meet in the United States, before appearing in Brussels and Zurich in early September.<\\\/p><p>\\u201cNext year there are some very important events,\\u201d including the European and World Championships, he said, and \\u201cevery time I race I want to raise the bar\\u201d.<\\\/p><p>More work was needed, he said, and \\u201cfor next year I want to arrive the top of the top, confirm (my results), actually improve on what I achieved this year.\\u201d<\\\/p><p>Italian daily <em>Il Corriere della Sera<\\\/em> said on Thursday Jacobs had called a halt after a fall blamed on \\u201cthe accumulated fatigue of the Olympics as well as a knee problem\\u201d.<\\\/p><p>Eyebrows have been raised in some quarters about Jacobs\\u2019 performance, as before 2020, his times in the 100m had never gone below the 10-second barrier.<\\\/p><p>Britain\\u2019s <em>The Times<\\\/em> ran a story last weekend about how Jacobs\\u2019 former sports nutritionist was caught up in an Italian police investigation into the alleged illegal distribution of anabolic steroids.<\\\/p><p>Jacobs said on Friday insinuations of doping \\u201chaven\\u2019t touched me because I know all the sacrifices and setbacks I took to get to this moment, and I want to enjoy it 100 percent\\u201d.<\\\/p><p>He was also asked about the suspension of British sprinter C.J. Ujah \\u2014 who won an Olympic silver medal in the 4x100m relay in Tokyo \\u2014 over an alleged anti-doping breach.<\\\/p><h2>Irony<\\\/h2><p>\\u201cIt makes me smile a little,\\u201d he added. <\\\/p><p>\\u201cBecause a week ago they said so many things about me that were not true, and they have the relay runner with a positive result in their own backyard,\\u201d Jacobs said.<\\\/p>\\n<\\\/div>\\r\\n\\r\\n<br><a href=\\"https:\\\/\\\/www.thehindu.com\\\/sport\\\/athletics\\\/jacobs-to-take-a-sabbatical-till-2022\\\/article35904470.ece\\">Source link <\\\/a>"