Who is Samuele Ceccarelli, the sprinter who beat Marcell Jacobs

The 23-year-old from Massa triumphs in the final of the 60 indoor at the Assoluti in Ancona

Samuele Ceccarelli, 23 years old on January 9, takes away the whim of beating Marcell Jacobs in the 60m final at the Assoluti Indoor in Ancona. The sprinter from Massa wins in 6”54, preceding by a hundredth the Olympic and European champion in charge of the 100 meters, as well as the world and European champion of the 60 meters indoors.

Ceccarelli, with today’s time trial, marks the third Italian time behind Jacobs’ 6”41 (March 19, 2022) and Michael Tumi’s 6”51 (February 17, 2013), placing himself ahead of Pierfrancesco Pavoni (March 7, 1990). The 23-year-old, bearer of the Atletica Firenze Marathon is currently the third European of the year two weeks from the Euroindoor in Istanbul.

“There are no words to describe this emotion, winning the first Italian title in the final with the Olympic champion is something that cannot be told. To Marcell Jacobs I say thank you. I really didn’t expect it. We knew – says Ceccarelli referring to coach Marco Del Medico- that the physical form was good, as demonstrated in the races before the Tricolori. But the idea of ​​competing with a champion of this caliber and beating him is something that has no comparison. A result that is built with patience and sacrifice , athletics doesn’t give anyone a gift.”

“I’m a simple guy,” says Ceccarelli, who started track and field at 16 and says he got hooked on student competition, where he went pretty fast despite only practicing karate from the age of seven. “I live in Massa and study Law in Pisa (he’s enrolled in the fifth year, ed). I started relatively late compared to many of my colleagues, I’ve always been excited by athletics. But never at these levels. A show”