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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.

Guys follow your dreams, do like Jacobs and Tamberi

If Jacobs and Tamberi had not nurtured their dream, they would not have given us this unforgettable day. There is an old saying that those who do not dream are not realists. How many times have we said to ourselves “it would be a dream if I succeeded, but it’s impossible, better to give up, it would be too much disappointment”. So when faced with the fear of failure we freeze and tell ourselves, “Come on, get back on track.”

This was not the case for these two men who, without being world champions or having set records, decided to run the risk of failure in order to work towards the dream of their lives. Tamberi and Jacobs believed in the seemingly impossible and have worked hard over the years to turn what started out as a boy’s dream into a reality. Dreams allow us to explore our limits, and until we know our current ones, we cannot know what we will need to do to go beyond them. We often hear, “I have given it all.” It is certainly true as far as what we know about ourselves at that moment, it is our awareness that leads to formulate this thought but if we improve this condition of knowledge about ourselves we might discover that it is not true, that we have not yet used all our qualities, that perhaps we still do not know everything. If Jacobs hadn’t had the courage to give up the long jump after two null jumps, despite having previously jumped 8.49, at the 2019 indoor Europeans and if Tamberi hadn’t written on his chalk his completely incredible dream “Road to Tokyo 2020″ while still in the hospital, they wouldn’t have won gold in Tokyo.

Only those who overcome these psychological barriers, imposing something unknown on themselves, can concretely aspire to achieve incredible goals. On the other hand, the history of the exploits of human beings tells us many of these stories. “Impossible is nothing” is the motto of a multinational sports company, on the one hand it is false because we can never run as fast as a cheetah, but it is equally true that in sports “records are made to be beaten” and to do so you have to overcome that limit beyond which no one has gone so far.

This was the case for Roger Bannister, who on May 6, 1954 was the first to accomplish a feat considered impossible by science: running the English mile (1609.23 meters) under 4 minutes (3’59″4). His record lasted just 46 days, the Australian John Landy brought it to 3’58″0, this was possible because Bannister had unhinged an insurmountable door beyond which there are all passed and summarized his feat with these few words: “The secret is always that, the ability to bring out what you do not have or do not know you have. It was the same for Reinhold Messner when on August 20, 1980 he was the first man to achieve another feat considered impossible by science, climbing Everest (8848 meters) without the use of oxygen, and then to climb all 14 eight-thousanders with this approach.

The experiences of these athletes and yesterday’s Jacobs and Tamberi confirm the value of cultivating our dreams, they are the light that guides us through the difficulties and performances, relentlessly fueling our conviction to reach our goal.