It was amazing, says teenage whiz Gemili after sprinting into Olympic contention
16:20 GMT, 3 June 2012
Adam Gemili admitted he struggled to contain his excitement after his stunning breakthrough run of 10.08 seconds lifted him to the top of the British rankings.
On the up: Adam Gemili came second in the Inter Boys 100m in 2010. Now he's on the verge of an Olympic place.
Eighteen-year-old sprinter Gemili,
a promising footballer who was a member of the Dagenham and Redbridge
Academy squad last season, achieved the Olympic A standard twice at the
Sparkassen Gala in Regensburg, Germany, on Saturday, running 10.11secs
in the heats before going even quicker to win the final.
The time is significantly quicker
than his more established countrymen like Dwain Chambers have gone this
season and is the second fastest by a European athlete this year, behind
only France's Christophe Lemaitre.
'When I crossed the line in 10.08 it was the most amazing feeling in the world,' the Blackheath and Bromley athlete said.
'When I ran my heat and saw I'd ran
10.11 I jumped into the air whilst I was still slowing down. The physios
told me to calm it down else I'd end up injuring myself.
'So I was a bit calmer after the .08 but it was still the best feeling ever.'
The Londoner, who smashed his previous personal best of 10.23s, also became the second fastest British junior of all time.
His time lifted him above Mark
Lewis-Francis, a former world junior champion, on the Great Britain
junior all-time list, with only Chambers' 10.06 set back in 1997 ahead
Gemili trains under Michael Afilaka,
who also coaches former world indoor silver medallist and 2008 Olympic
finalist Jeanette Kwakye.
'Training with Michael and his group, I've learned so much from him and the whole group are brilliant,' he said.
'Jeanette Kwakye is brilliant as a
training partner but also as a role model, having been to an Olympic
final and having a world medal. It's just been such an eye-opener.'
On the ball: Sprinter Gemili also plays for Dagenham & Redbridge
Gemili, who won silver at last year's
European Junior Championships in Estonia, is the second Briton to
achieve the A standard of 10.18 this year after James Dasaolu, meaning
the likes of Chambers could have their work cut out to make the team.
Dasaolu, 24, ran exactly 10.18 in France last month.
Gemili added: 'It feels really good to have run the A standard, but more so to be a junior and have done the time.
'I hope it shows other juniors what
can be done and not just to think only seniors can do that, they can
compete at that level too.'