Jacobs: the athlete broadens Italy’s image of itself

At the Tokyo Olympics, Mr. Jacobs, a little-known Italian when the Games began, stunned the sports world by winning gold in the men’s 100-meter dash. In a nation where some populist politicians have courted support by demonizing Black migrants, the victory by the son of a Black American father and white Italian mother broadened the public imagination of what Italian athletes, and Italians, can look like.”

Lamont Marcell Jacobs won Olympic gold for Italy in the 100-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay.

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