ROME – Italy's Olympic 100m champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs has challenged Usain Bolt to a charity staff sprinting contest after the retired Jamaican mentioned he might have gained the blue riband race in Tokyo.
Bolt instructed AFP in an interview final week that it was irritating to look at the delayed 2020 Video games from his house in Jamaica as his male countrymen flopped and Jacobs, a relative unknown earlier than the Olympics, claimed a shock victory.
The 35-year-old Jamaican, the world report holder over 100m with a better of 9.58 seconds set again in 2009, mentioned Jacobs' profitable time of 9.80sec in Tokyo was nonetheless inside his attain regardless of having hung up his spikes in 2017.
Jacobs, who has not raced since profitable the coveted dash gold, turned to social media on Monday to problem Bolt, the winner of eight Olympic gold medals and an 11-time world champion.
"You might be my hero, so thanks for the hat's off!" mentioned Jacobs, born in the USA to an American father however raised in Italy by his Italian mom.
"However you additionally mentioned you're certain you'd win, so I'm up for the problem!
"How about beginning with a charity seize the flag? You convey your staff and I'll convey mine!"
Seize the flag, or "rubabandiera" as it’s identified in Italy, is a schoolyard sport performed by youngsters through which two groups race to seize the opposite staff's flag, positioned on the staff's "base", and convey it safely again to their very own base.