EXCLUSIVE: Sprinter Gemili says: I'm raring to go for the Olympics
21:51 GMT, 5 June 2012
Sprinter Adam Gemili has confirmed he wants to run at the Olympics this summer.
The 18-year-old sensation ran 100 metres in 10.08sec on Saturday, making him the fastest runner in Britain and the second fastest in Europe this year.
He has achieved the qualifying time for London and will be guaranteed a place if he finishes in the top two at the trials in Birmingham, starting on June 22.
Out of the blocks: Adam Gemili training in London on Tuesday
The former Dagenham and Redbridge footballer has the World Junior Championships trials in Bedford six days earlier.
Gemili told Sportsmail on Tuesday: 'I'd love to go to the Olympics, but I don't want to run half-hearted at the trials.
‘I need to go there in good form and confident that I can get through and qualify. I don’t want to be tired from the week before.’
Olympic dream: Adam Gemili wants to run at the London Games
Talks with his experienced sprint coach Michael Afilaka continue, but if he continues to show this form he will be a serious threat to the senior British sprinters.
He is almost certain to be part of the relay team after his explosive time in Germany at the weekend, when a new sprint star was born.
Coach Afilaka said: ‘They can’t ignore him now he’s run that time. He’s the fastest man in the country at the moment.’
And Gemili added: ‘We’ll have the discussion about if I can cope with it after the junior trials, which remain important to me and my development.
‘That is my main target. It would be great to achieve a place at the Olympics, because the trials only come around once every four years. I’ve just got to wait and see how I feel. Right now, I feel great.’
Even if Gemili, who left Chelsea because he could not commit to an academy contract at the football club, does not make it in the individual 100m he would be keen to race as part of Great Britain’s Olympic 4x100m relay team.
He added: ‘For the relay I’ve put myself in the position where people are going to consider me. Just making the squad for the relay would be amazing, such a treat.
Part of the team: Gemili says he would like to be part of the relay team if he does not make the individual event
‘It’s the Olympics and at 18 to get that experience will be unreal, the best thing in the world. Even if you don’t run, just being there, in the Olympic village, being able to go to the track and watch it would be amazing.’
Coach Afilaka added: ‘Mark Lewis-Francis had the opportunity to try for the 2000 Olympics but went to the World Junior Championships instead and won gold.
‘Christian Malcolm ran 200m in the Juniors in 1998 and won silver in the Commonwealth Games that year too.
‘From that point of view it wouldn’t be a crazy achievement if he did it. But the senior guys are senior guys because they’re very good.
‘If we do the senior trial those guys are animals. Those guys are hard. They aren’t going to roll over for a fresh-faced 18-year-old kid.
‘I’ve trained those guys for Olympics and I know what they’re like.’