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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gemili wins 100m gold at World Junior Championships


British sprinter Adam Gemili warmed up for the Olympics by striking gold in the World Junior Championships 100m in a new personal best of 10.05 seconds.
The 18-year-old, who shot to prominence when he ran 10.08 in May and was second at the Olympics trials, beat the championship record of 10.09 set by Trinidadian Darrel Brown in 2002.
Gemili follows in the footsteps of fellow Britons Christian Malcolm (1998), Mark Lewis-Francis (2000) and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (2006), who all became junior world champion.

His time was 0.12secs quicker than American Aaron Ernest, who took silver in 10.17, with Jamaican Odean Skeen third in 10.28.
Gemili won his semi-final in some comfort in 10.18 seconds, and improved on his previous personal best of 10.08 by a further three hundredths of a second in the final, in the same Montjuic Stadium in Barcelona where Linford Christie won 100m gold at the 1992 Olympics.
Only Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre, who ran 10.04 in Rome in May, has run faster than Gemili among Europeans this year.
His time puts him equal sixth on the all-time world list for his under-20 age group, and makes him the fastest British junior of all time, overtaking Dwain Chambers' previous mark of 10.06sec.
"I am speechless," said Gemili. "I was really nervous ahead of the final. I never thought that would happen. I have worked very hard with my coach to get here.
"It's a massive stepping stone. Just making the final was an achievement but the fact I won is so amazing. It's going to help me a lot at the Olympics."
Only three Britons - Linford Christie (with a personal best of 9.87), Chambers (9.97) and Jason Gardener (9.98) - have run under 10 seconds, and Gemili looks likely to join that club in the near future, possibly in London.
"Who knows?" he added. "All I know is that I feel good and I feel there is a lot more to come.
"I think it was very important to run that time. I ran quite quickly at the trials but not near the times I did in Regensburg [in Germany, in May, when he ran 10.11 and 10.08], so the fact that I've done it again somewhere else is great."
Gemili will compete at London 2012 in the 100m and could also run in the 4x100m relay for Team GB.

emili is the fastest Briton over 100m this year but only switched full-time to athletics from football in January.
He was a trainee at Premier League club Chelsea and moved to League Two Dagenham & Redbridge. He played 10 games at right-back on loan at Thurrock in the Isthmian League Premier Division earlier this season.
Britain's Sophie Papps finished sixth in 11.54 secs in the women's 100m final, with Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas taking victory in 11.20.
Elliot Safo also performed well to finish sixth in the long jump final.
Emelia Gorecka provided Britain's first medal of the championships on Tuesday with third place in the 3,000m, pushing the pace along herself and then holding on for bronze.
Sophie McKinna finished sixth in the shot put final.



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