Marcell Jacobs, the Olympic 100m champion, pulled out of his long-awaited comeback to the track in Nairobi on Saturday at the last minute due to stomach issues.
"The Olympic champion took the choice this morning with his staff due to stomach difficulties that he had yesterday (Friday) in Kenya," the Italian federation announced on its website a few hours before the Continental Tour competition began.
"Marcell will not report to the starting blocks today since he is being monitored in the emergency room of Uhai Neema Hospital by the Italian NGO World Friends," his coach Paolo Camossi told the federation.
Jacobs sprinted to victory in the world indoor 60m final in Belgrade six weeks ago, outrunning American world 100m champion Christian Coleman.
Jacobs will compete in a 200m on May 18 in Savona, Italy, followed by a five-star 100m on May 28 at the Diamond League meet in Eugene, Oregon, where the World Championships will be held in July.
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