The family mystery that fuelled an Olympic upset

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New Olympic 100-metre champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs was bushed of being asked who his begetter was. He didn't know, and couldn't retrieve gathering him.

He decided to find out.

About a twelvemonth ago, the Italian sprinter spoke to his father, who lives successful Dallas, Texas, for the archetypal clip ever.

Dad, whose sanction is Marcell Jacobs Sr., is getting to cognize who inferior is now: Headline quality everyplace arsenic the fastest antheral successful the world.

"I lived each my beingness without a dad," Jacobs said Sunday aft stunning everyone to triumph golden successful the 100 astatine the Tokyo Olympics.

Lamont Marcell Jacobs of Team Italy celebrates aft winning golden successful the Men's 100m Final (Getty)

"And erstwhile radical asked me, who is your dad? (I said) 'I don't know. I don't know.' And past we tried to commencement to person a caller narration with him. For me, that was truly important."

The 26-year-old Jacobs revealed the endearing communicative soon aft his triumph astatine the Olympic Stadium successful Tokyo. He was calved successful El Paso, Texas but his parents divided erstwhile helium was 6 months old. He went to Italy arsenic a babe with his mother. His dada stayed successful Texas.

"I ne'er saw my dada from that time," helium said. "But I started to talk with him 1 twelvemonth agone for the archetypal time. This helped maine get present with a bully mentality."

Jacobs claims the men's 100m final. (Getty)

His dada besides sent him messages earlier the 100 final: "Yeah, he'll ticker (the race)," Jacobs said. "He wrote to maine earlier the race, (saying) 'you tin bash it, we are with you.'"

Finding his dada and gathering a caller narration was portion of Jacobs' pre-Olympics absorption connected his intelligence preparations and getting successful the close mindset.

Those made the difference, helium said.

"I truly worked hard with my mind. Because erstwhile I was arriving successful the truly large moment, my legs didn't enactment truthful good," Jacobs said.

"Now, my legs spell truly bully erstwhile it's a large moment."

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