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Olympic 100-meter champ Marcell Jacobs defends his European title but still can't crack 10 seconds

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Olympic 100-meter champ Marcell Jacobs defends his European title but still can't crack 10 seconds
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Olympic 100-meter champ Marcell Jacobs defends his European title but still can't crack 10 seconds

2024-06-09 08:22 Last Updated At:08:31

ROME (AP) — The Paris Olympics are less than 50 days away and defending 100-meter champion Marcell Jacobs still hasn’t dipped under the 10-second mark in nearly two years.

He's got another gold medal to hang around his neck, though.

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Leonardo Fabbri, of Italy, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's shot put final at the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

ROME (AP) — The Paris Olympics are less than 50 days away and defending 100-meter champion Marcell Jacobs still hasn’t dipped under the 10-second mark in nearly two years.

Perseus Karlstrom, of Sweden, does pushups on the track after crossing the finish line to win the men's 20 km eace walk final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Perseus Karlstrom, of Sweden, does pushups on the track after crossing the finish line to win the men's 20 km eace walk final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Leonardo Fabbri, of Italy, makes an attempt in the men's shot put final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Leonardo Fabbri, of Italy, makes an attempt in the men's shot put final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Cyrena Samba-Mayela, of France celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 100 meters hurdles final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Cyrena Samba-Mayela, of France celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 100 meters hurdles final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Cyrena Samba-Mayela, of France, center, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 100 meters hurdles final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Cyrena Samba-Mayela, of France, center, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 100 meters hurdles final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, of Norway, gestures after winning the gold medal in the men's 5000 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, of Norway, gestures after winning the gold medal in the men's 5000 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Italian athletes Lorenzo Simonelli, gold medal winner in the men's 110 meters hurdles, and Lamont Marcell Jacobs, winner of the gold medal in the men's 100 meters, pose together at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Italian athletes Lorenzo Simonelli, gold medal winner in the men's 110 meters hurdles, and Lamont Marcell Jacobs, winner of the gold medal in the men's 100 meters, pose together at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Chituru Ali, of Italy, 'Henrik Larsson, of Sweden, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, of Italy, and Romell Glave, of Britain, from left, cross the finish line in the men's 100 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Chituru Ali, of Italy, 'Henrik Larsson, of Sweden, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, of Italy, and Romell Glave, of Britain, from left, cross the finish line in the men's 100 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Lamont Marcell Jacobs, of Italy, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 100 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Lamont Marcell Jacobs, of Italy, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 100 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Chituru Ali, of Italy, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, of Italy, Henrik Larsson, of Sweden, Romell Glave, of Britain, and Owen Ansah, of Germany, from left, cross the finish line in the men's 100 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Chituru Ali, of Italy, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, of Italy, Henrik Larsson, of Sweden, Romell Glave, of Britain, and Owen Ansah, of Germany, from left, cross the finish line in the men's 100 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Lamont Marcell Jacobs, of Italy, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 100 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Lamont Marcell Jacobs, of Italy, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 100 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Jacobs clocked a season-best 10.02 to win on his home track and defend his European Championship title on Saturday.

“The times are not what’s important in these competitions, it’s the result that counts,” Jacobs said. “The goal is to be in my best form in two months when it counts even more and I know that I still have a lot of work to do.”

The Texas-born Italian looked smoother in his semifinal heat when he ran 10.05 despite easing through the finish.

“Considering how I felt in the semifinal, we had calculated that I could have ran between 9.92 and 9.95,” Jacobs said. “So when I saw the display I wasn't very happy. But at the same time, as I said, medals count more than times. Medals remain forever.”

After the final, Jacobs was shaking his left calf, which he said was due to a cramp that he felt toward the end of the race, not an injury.

“I had three goals entering this season; to stay healthy, to defend my European title and to win at the Olympics again," said Jacobs, who dropped his longtime coach last year and moved to Florida to train with American coach Rana Reider. “So far so good.”

Jacobs led an Italian 1-2 with Chituru Ali taking silver in a personal-best 10.05, and Romell Glave of Britain claiming bronze in 10.06.

The last time Jacobs broke the 10-second mark came in August 2022 when he won in 9.95 at the previous Euros in Munich.

Jacobs succeeded Usain Bolt as Olympic champion three years ago in Tokyo when he ran 9.80.

Jakob Ingebritsen, the Norwegian world champion whose father was recently accused of abusing one of his other children, won the 5,000 in 13:20.11 by surging ahead in the final 100 meters.

It was Ingebritsen’s fifth European title from the 1,500 to 5,000 — to go with his Olympic gold in the 1,500.

Greek long jumper Miltiadis Tentoglou confirmed he’s intent on defending his Olympic title by improving his own championship record with consecutive leaps of 8.65 in his final two attempts.

It was Tentoglou’s third consecutive European title. He also won the world title last year.

Italian 19-year-old Mattia Furlani took silver with 8.38 to improve his world under-20 record and Simon Ehammer of Switzerland claimed bronze with 8.31

The long jump was held on a raised platform directly in front of one side of the Stadio Olimpico stands.

Cyrena Samba-Mayela of France set a championship record of 12.31 in the 100 hurdles for the best time in the world this season, a positive sign for the host country entering the Paris Games.

Leonardo Fabbri, another Italian standout, won the shot put before his home crowd with a championship record 22.45.

Perseus Karlstrom won the 20-kilometer race walk for his first major championship gold after two silvers and three bronzes at worlds and Euros. The Swede celebrated by performing pushups on the blue track.

Karlstron writes the names of the championships where he won medals inside his walking hat. So now he’s got a golden entry to inscribe.

“My goal," Karlstrom said, “is that this season is going to be mine.”

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Leonardo Fabbri, of Italy, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's shot put final at the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Leonardo Fabbri, of Italy, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's shot put final at the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Perseus Karlstrom, of Sweden, does pushups on the track after crossing the finish line to win the men's 20 km eace walk final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Perseus Karlstrom, of Sweden, does pushups on the track after crossing the finish line to win the men's 20 km eace walk final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Leonardo Fabbri, of Italy, makes an attempt in the men's shot put final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Leonardo Fabbri, of Italy, makes an attempt in the men's shot put final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Cyrena Samba-Mayela, of France celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 100 meters hurdles final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Cyrena Samba-Mayela, of France celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 100 meters hurdles final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Cyrena Samba-Mayela, of France, center, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 100 meters hurdles final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Cyrena Samba-Mayela, of France, center, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 100 meters hurdles final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, of Norway, gestures after winning the gold medal in the men's 5000 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, of Norway, gestures after winning the gold medal in the men's 5000 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Italian athletes Lorenzo Simonelli, gold medal winner in the men's 110 meters hurdles, and Lamont Marcell Jacobs, winner of the gold medal in the men's 100 meters, pose together at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Italian athletes Lorenzo Simonelli, gold medal winner in the men's 110 meters hurdles, and Lamont Marcell Jacobs, winner of the gold medal in the men's 100 meters, pose together at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Chituru Ali, of Italy, 'Henrik Larsson, of Sweden, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, of Italy, and Romell Glave, of Britain, from left, cross the finish line in the men's 100 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Chituru Ali, of Italy, 'Henrik Larsson, of Sweden, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, of Italy, and Romell Glave, of Britain, from left, cross the finish line in the men's 100 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Lamont Marcell Jacobs, of Italy, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 100 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Lamont Marcell Jacobs, of Italy, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 100 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Chituru Ali, of Italy, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, of Italy, Henrik Larsson, of Sweden, Romell Glave, of Britain, and Owen Ansah, of Germany, from left, cross the finish line in the men's 100 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Chituru Ali, of Italy, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, of Italy, Henrik Larsson, of Sweden, Romell Glave, of Britain, and Owen Ansah, of Germany, from left, cross the finish line in the men's 100 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Lamont Marcell Jacobs, of Italy, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 100 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Lamont Marcell Jacobs, of Italy, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 100 meters final at the the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats worried about President Joe Biden's ability to win this November are making a renewed push for him to reconsider his reelection bid, using mountains of data, frank conversations and now, his own time off the campaign trail after testing positive for COVID, to encourage a reassessment.

Biden has insisted he is not backing down, adamant that he is the candidate who beat Republican Donald Trump before and will do it again this year. But publicly and privately, key Democrats are sending signals of concern, and some hope he will assess the trajectory of the race and his legacy during this few days’ pause.

Over the past week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries have spoken privately to the president, candidly laying out the views of Democrats on Capitol Hill, including their concerns.

Separately, the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington, spoke with the president last week armed with fresh data. The campaign chief specifically aired the concerns of frontline Democrats who are seeking election to the House.

And on Wednesday, California Rep. Adam Schiff, a close ally of Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi, became the highest-profile House Democrat to call for Biden to drop his reelection bid, saying that while the decision is Biden's alone to make, he believes it's time to “pass the torch.”

While the tensions over Biden's ability to carry on a winning campaign subsided some, particularly after the Trump assassination attempt and as the Republican National Convention was underway in Milwaukee, Democrats know they have limited time to resolve the party turmoil after the president's faltering debate performance last month.

To be sure, many Democrats want Biden to stay in the race. And the Democratic National Committee is pushing ahead with plans for a virtual vote to formally make Biden its nominee in the first week of August, ahead of the Democratic National Convention that begins Aug. 19 in Chicago.

Late Wednesday, ABC News reported new details about Biden's private meeting over the weekend with Schumer at the president's beach home in Delaware. It said Schumer told the president it would be "better for the Democratic Party, and better for the country if he were to bow out.”

A Schumer spokesperson called the report "idle speculation. Leader Schumer conveyed the views of his caucus directly to President Biden on Saturday.”

White House spokesman Andrew Bates said Biden told Schumer, as well as Jeffries, that "he is the nominee of the party, he plans to win, and looks forward to working with both of them to pass his 100 days agenda to help working families.”

But among Democrats nationwide, nearly two-thirds say Biden should step aside and let his party nominate a different candidate, according to a new AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. That sharply undercuts Biden's post-debate claim that “average Democrats” are still with him even if some “big names” are turning on him.

Biden tested positive for COVID-19 while traveling Wednesday in Las Vegas and is experiencing “mild symptoms” including “general malaise” from the infection, the White House said.

The president, who has spent the past several days campaigning, had already been scheduled to return to his Delaware beach home even before the diagnosis.

Schiff's announcement brings to nearly 20 the number of Democratic members of Congress calling on Biden to withdraw from the presidential race in the wake of his dismal debate performance against Trump last month.

Schiff said that by bowing out, Biden would "secure his legacy of leadership by allowing us to defeat Donald Trump in the upcoming election.”

Schiff is a prominent Democrat on his own, and his statement will also be watched because of his proximity to Pelosi.

It was Pelosi who revived questions about Biden post-debate, when she said recently that “it’s up to the president” to decide what to do — even though Biden had already fully stated he had no intention of stepping aside. The former House speaker publicly supports the president, but has fielded calls from Democrats since debate night questioning what’s next.

In response to Schiff's comments, the Biden campaign pointed to what it called “extensive support” for him and his reelection bid from members of Congress in key swing states, as well as from the Congressional Black and Hispanic caucuses. The campaign noted that Biden had been joined on his trip to Nevada this week by nearly a dozen Congressional Black Caucus members.

Still, Schiff's announcement came after Schumer and Jeffries encouraged the party to delay for a week plans to hold the virtual vote to renominate Biden, which could have taken place as soon as Sunday, according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

The Democratic National Committee' s rulemaking arm is set to meet on Friday to discuss how the virtual vote plans will work and to finalize them next week.

“We will not be implementing a rushed virtual voting process, though we will begin our important consideration of how a virtual voting process would work,” Bishop Leah D. Daughtry and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, co-chairs of the rules committee for the Democratic National Convention wrote in a letter Wednesday.

Associated Press writers Mary Clare Jalonick and Leah Askarinam contributed to this report.

President Joe Biden leaves with Rep. Steve Horsford, D-Nev., after visiting Mario's Westside Market in Las Vegas, Tuesday, July 16, 2024.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden leaves with Rep. Steve Horsford, D-Nev., after visiting Mario's Westside Market in Las Vegas, Tuesday, July 16, 2024.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden speaks at a 2024 Prosperity Summit Tuesday, July 16, 2024, in North Las Vegas, Nev. (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill)

President Joe Biden speaks at a 2024 Prosperity Summit Tuesday, July 16, 2024, in North Las Vegas, Nev. (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill)

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