Marcell Jacobs clocked a new Italian 100m record with a stunning 9.95 seconds in the preliminary round at the Meeting Citta di Savona on Thursday (13).
The European indoor champion, Jacobs, broke Filippo Tortu's previous record of 9.99 from 2018. Jacobs time is the 5th fastest in the World this year.
"I knew I was in shape, I can do even better, " Jacobs told Rais Sports.
Jacobs skipped the 100m final which was won by Lorenzo Patta (ITA) who clocked a new personal best time of 10.13 seconds.
World champion Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain dominated her first 200m race of the year clocking 22.56 seconds (wind 0.8ms/).
Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic clocked a new meeting record of 50.71 in the women's 400m.
Filippo Randazzo (ITA) was the winner in the men's long jump with an 8.05m (+0.4m/s) leap in the first round.
Amel Tuka (BIH), the 2017 World championships silver medalist, won the 800m race in his season opener in 1:47.86.