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London Olympics 2012: Adam Gemili amazed by sprint time

It was amazing, says teenage whiz Gemili after sprinting into Olympic contention

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UPDATED:

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.

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
of him.

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

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.'

London Olympics 2012: Look out Bolt! Adam Gemili sprints into Olympic contention with personal best in Germany

Look out Bolt! Gemili sprints into Olympic contention with personal best in Germany

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UPDATED:

17:01 GMT, 2 June 2012

Eighteen-year-old Adam Gemili ran the
second fastest time by a European athlete this year, and the second best by a British junior in history, by clocking an
Olympic A standard 10.08 seconds to win the 100 metres at a meeting in
Regensburg.

Gemili achieved the A standard twice
at the Sparkassen Gala in Germany, running 10.11secs in the heats, but
his clocking to win the final, with the tailwind of 0.8 m/s well within
the legal limits, was mightily impressive.

On the up: Adam Gemili came second in the Inter Boys 100m in 2010. Now he's on the verge of an Olympic place.

On the up: Adam Gemili came second in the Inter Boys 100m in 2010. Now he's on the verge of an Olympic place.

The Londoner smashed his previous personal best of 10.23 to become 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 Dwain Chambers' 10.06 set back in 1997 ahead of
him.

And France's Christophe Lemaitre is the only European to have gone faster than the Blackheath and Bromley athlete this season.

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 is also a promising footballer, having been a member of the Dagenham and Redbridge Academy squad last season and played on loan at non-league Thurrock.