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Monday, June 17, 2013

Gemili runs fastest 200m by a Briton for five years

On a cool, breezy day at the England Under-20 and Under-23 Championships in Bedford, the 19-year-old junior world champion and Olympic semi-finalist began his season where he left off last summer, with a brilliant winning 200 metres time of 20.30sec that shattered both his lifetime best and Christian Malcolm’s 15-year-old championship record. It was also the fastest 200m by a British man for five years and puts him third in this year’s senior European rankings behind Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre and Holland’s Churandy Martina. Not bad considering this was Gemili’s first competitive outing of the year in the 200m and came after six gruelling rounds of races in the space of two days as he underlined his status as Britain’s hottest young sprint prospect by claiming the under-23 100-200 double. His 100m victory on Saturday came in a swift 10.09sec, though an illegal tailwind of 2.3m/s means it does not count for record purposes. But with the breeze dropping to 0.8m/s for the 200m final yesterday Gemili’s time will go down in history as the best seen at these championships and, crucially, qualifies him for the World Championships in Moscow in August with 0.22sec to spare. Gemili and his coach, Michael Afilaka, will now have to consider whether he has the stamina to cope with the both the 100m and 200m in Russia, though they will have the advantage of a dress rehearsal next month at the European Under-23 Cham­pionships in Tampare, Finland, for which the championships in Bedford were the official trials. source : telegraph