The Italians were delighted, Jacobs and Tambury were amazed at the gold.

MILAN, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Italians were delighted and stunned on Sunday when compatriots Lemont Marcel Jacobs and Guyanmarco Tembri claimed disturbing victories in sprint and high jump events at the Olympics.

Jacobs won the men’s 100m final to become the first Italian to win the most titles in athletics, while Tambury competed in the men’s high jump gold. Read more

Until the Tokyo Olympics, a few Italians had heard of Jacobs, who has made great strides in recent years and broke the European record twice on Sunday on his way to victory.

“It’s a wonderful surprise, I don’t think anyone expected it,” said Stephanie Brigitta, who works for the town council in the northern city of Ferrara.

“I am proud of you, I am following you, you are honoring Italy,” Prime Minister Mario Draghi told both players by telephone.

The footage shows Jacobs withdrawing from an interview with a Spanish broadcaster and taking dramatic calls on his mobile phone.

Jacobs’ mother, Viviana, told a hotel near Lake Garda, Italy, that she felt something big was coming up on Sunday morning, but not so big.

“It’s a miracle. It’s a new (Usain) bolt. I’m very happy for it,” he told Reuters.

Jacobs, who was born in the United States to an Italian mother and an American servant father, was raised by his mother after the separation of his parents when he was a child. He was a tall jumper before focusing on running after an injury.

His mother said, “He’s always been a little crazy, he lives day by day, he takes everything with a smile. Today the crazy long jumper has become the crazy sprint champ.

In an interview on Italian television, Jacobs dedicated his victory to his late grandfather “who always believed in me” as well as the rest of his family and his coaching staff.

Draghi invited Jacobs and Tambury to a reception at the Prime Minister’s official residence, a 16th-century palace in Rome, following a ceremony to celebrate the Italian football team’s victory at the European Championships last month. Returned to Italy. Tennis star Matteo Berrettini was the runner-up at Wimbledon.

No one has reached the final of the Italian Olympic 100m, but the country has had two champions in the 200m: the late Petromania, who won a gold medal in Moscow in 1980, and Leviathan Beirut, who won in Rome in 1960.

“I really like the way he ran away. He took me back 60 years,” Beirut, 82, told the Ansa news agency after Jacobs’ victory.

Editing by Susan Fenton, reporting by Stephen Jokes and Gavin Jones

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