Who knew, though, that the Latin phrase “Stupor mundi” would be so appropriate, especially for a track team that didn’t win a single medal at the last Olympics in Rio de Janeiro five years ago.
Last weekend, Jacobs succeeded Usain Bolt as Olympic 100-meter champion by clocking a personal-best 9.80 seconds.
Not on Twitter. Not on Instagram. Not by personal message. Not through an intermediary.
La Torre pointed out that the final was held about 2 ½ hours after Jacobs clocked 9.84 in his semifinal heat.
Dad, whose name is Marcell Jacobs Sr, is getting to know who junior is now: Headline news everywhere as The Fastest Man in the World.
The successes have been a welcome respite for a country that spent much of the past 16 months in various stages of lockdown.
Jacobs topped America's Fred Kerley and Canada's Andre DeGrasse to take the spot Bolt had commandeered since 2008.