Jacobs storms to Euro 100m crown
Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs put an injury-ravaged season behind him to storm to gold in the 100m gold in the European Athletics Championships in Munich on Tuesday.
Jacobs, who was world indoor 60m champion in Belgrade in March, but withdrew before the semi-finals of the 100m at last month's world championships in Oregon, clocked a championship record-equalling time of 9.95 seconds.
Defending champion Zharnel Hughes claimed silver in 9.99sec with another Briton, Jeremiah Azu, taking bronze in 10.13.
"This was a difficult season with problems, with injury," said the 27-year-old Italian, who has been beset by leg injuries and who competed with a heavily-strapped left calf in Munich.
"My leg is not good and I am not happy about how the race went technically, there were some problems.
"But I am over the moon with the gold medal. After Olympic gold, I've now got the European gold. I've got to get the world championship gold now."
In a heady night of track and field at a packed Olympic Stadium, the raucous crowd went wild as unheralded home favourite Gina Lueckenkemper pulled off a shock by winning the women's blue riband sprint.
The 25-year-old, who won 100m silver in the last European champs in Berlin in 2018 and 200m bronze in 2016, threw herself at the line to clock 10.99sec for a photo-finish victory over Switzerland's Mujinga Kambundji.
Britain's Daryll Neita took bronze with 11.00sec, while her teammate, defending champion Dina Asher-Smith, pulled up with injury halfway through the race and finished last.