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League Two round-up: Gillillingham stay top as Burton Albion enjoy home sweet home

League Two round-up: Gills stay top as Burton enjoy home sweet home

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Andy Hampson

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19:28 GMT, 23 February 2013

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19:28 GMT, 23 February 2013

Cody McDonald scored the only goal as
Gillingham maintained a two-point lead at the top of npower League Two
with a 1-0 win at Chesterfield.

McDonald headed home from close range
five minutes into the second half at the Proact Stadium, extending the
Gills' unbeaten run to four games.

Burton brushed aside Exeter 4-2 to
record a seventh successive home league win and move into the automatic
promotion places in third.

Sweet home: Burton's Marcus Holnes celebrates his goal

Sweet home: Burton's Marcus Holnes celebrates his goal

Michael Symes, Marcus Holness,
Jacques Maghoma and Lee Bell struck for Albion before Guillem Bauza and
Scot Bennett restored some respectability for the Grecians.

Second-placed Port Vale were also victorious, winning 1-0 at Torquay courtesy of a Calvin Andrew strike.

Northampton moved up two places to fourth with a 1-0 win over Plymouth, who dropped to the bottom.

Clive Platt scored the Cobblers' winner after 72 minutes.

AFC Wimbledon took advantage of the Pilgrims' loss, and the failures of Accrington Stanley and Barnet to win, to climb off the bottom and out of the relegation places.

Kevin Sainte-Luce scored the only goal 10 minutes from time as Wimbledon won 1-0 at Dagenham and Redbridge.

Accrington, however, still claimed a creditable 2-2 draw against play-off contenders Cheltenham at home.

Cheltenham twice led through Marlon Pack, the first from the penalty spot, but former England international James Beattie responded to both goals for Stanley.

Barnet played out a goalless draw with Rochdale while another side in trouble, Aldershot, won 2-0 at home to a Fleetwood side who ended the game with nine men.

Danny Hylton struck twice for Aldershot before the dismissals of Jamie McGuire and Alan Goodall.

Craig Reid also missed a penalty for the hosts.

Goals from Barry Corr and Britt Assombalonga saw Southend come from behind to win 2-1 at Wycombe, who had led early through Dean Morgan.

Oxford's clash with York ended 0-0 while Morecambe and Bristol Rovers drew 1-1. Rovers' Eliot Richards cancelled out a second-minute goal from Jack Redshaw.

League two team Morecambe open their turnstiles for free to local supporters as attendance numbers drop

League Two side Morecambe open their turnstiles for free to local fans

By
Liv Lee

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13:36 GMT, 7 January 2013

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19:24 GMT, 7 January 2013

The economic climate has left some small football clubs in such dire need of support that they are having to offer free tickets to the locals.

League two side Morecambe have suffered low attendance rates all season, and are now allowing any supporters free entry to their tie with Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday.

‘It’s a chance to get the community behind the team and see if we can generate some atmosphere,’ club boss Jim Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire.

Morecambe has had an average attendance of less than 2,000 this season

Struggling: Morecambe has had an average attendance of less than 2,000 this season

‘If we can get three points and play well, hopefully they’ll come back as paying customers.’

‘The situation that the club’s in is not ideal,’ said Bentley of the lack of funding that’s left him unable to search out additions to the squad.

‘Everyone’s feeling the pinch and attendances haven’t been what we predicted.

‘We’re not in a position to go out and get players. We’ve got to work with what we’ve got and we’ve got a squad that will give their all.

‘It will be great if we can get a good number (of fans) in and, as I say, they can come back as paying customers. It’s the town’s football club and we need more and more people to back it.’

The Globe Arena has had an average attendance of fewer than 2,000 this season. It comes close to being the least supported team in the League. The highest it’s reached this year has been 3, 635 for their draw with Bradford on New Year’s Day.

Those in attendance have had little to cheer for so far, with Morecambe currently sitting at 19th in the table.

Port Vale close in on League Two leaders Gillingham after win at Rotherham

League Two round-up: Port Vale close in on leaders Gillingham after win at Rotherham

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19:52 GMT, 26 December 2012

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19:52 GMT, 26 December 2012

Port Vale closed the gap on npower League Two leaders Gillingham to two points after triumphing 2-1 at Rotherham.

Vale took the lead when Ryan Burge's pass fell to Louis Dodds to prod home and soon after Tom Pope added a second, before home substitute Kieran Agard was on target to set up an anxious finish.

Gillingham saw their lead trimmed after losing 1-0 at home to Barnet with Jake Hyde's first-half strike settling the contest at Priestfield Stadium.

Slip up: Leaders Gillingham lost 1-0 to Barnet at Priestfield

Slip up: Leaders Gillingham lost 1-0 to Barnet at Priestfield

RESULTS:

Aldershot 2-2 Bristol Rovers

Bradford 2-1 Accrington

Burton Albion 3-2 Rochdale

Cheltenham 4-0 Wycombe

Chesterfield 3-0 York

Dag & Red 0-3 Southend

Exeter 1-3 Oxford Utd

Fleetwood 1-0 Morecambe

Gillingham 0-1 Barnet

Plymouth 1-1 Torquay

Rotherham 1-2 Port Vale

Wimbledon P-P Northampton (waterlogged pitch)

Cheltenham bounced back from their surprise 4-1 defeat at Rochdale with a 4-0 drubbing of Wycombe.

Goals from Jake Taylor, Jeff Goulding, Darryl Duffy and Jermaine McGlashan kept the Robins in third place.

Promotion-chasing Southend extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches with a brace from Gavin Tomlin helping them beat his former club Dagenham and Redbridge 3-0 with Kevan Hurst hitting the third.

Bradford remain just adrift of a top-four berth after defeating Accrington Stanley 2-1 thanks to goals from Garry Thompson and Alan Connell that sandwiched a strike by Rommy Boco.

Oxford made it five games unbeaten with an impressive 3-1 victory at promotion-chasing Exeter.

James Constable took his tally for the season to nine with goals either side of half-time and Peter Leven added the third before Jamie Cureton bagged from the penalty spot for the Grecians.

Promotion chasers: Southend won 3-0 at Dagenham and Redbridge to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games

Promotion chasers: Southend won 3-0 at Dagenham and Redbridge to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games

Three second-half goals from Drew Talbot, Danny Whitaker and Tendayi Darikwa gave Chesterfield a convincing 3-0 win over York, John Ward earned a point on his managerial return to Bristol Rovers after the Pirates left it late to earn a 2-2 draw at fellow strugglers Aldershot, with Eliot Richards climbing off the bench to snatch a point.

Michael Hector's stunning strike put the home side ahead, David Clarkson and Craig Reid then exchanged successful spot-kicks, only for Richards to drive home the leveller with three minutes to spare.

Teenage debutant Tyler Harvey smashed home a dramatic late equaliser for Plymouth as they drew 1-1 with Devon rivals Torquay at Home Park.

All square: Devon rivals Plymouth and Torquay drew 1-1 at Home Park

All square: Devon rivals Plymouth and Torquay drew 1-1 at Home Park

The 17-year-old youth product equalised with a superb left-foot shot on the spin from the edge of the box after Aaron Downes had given Torquay the lead.

Burton surrendered a two-goal lead against Rochdale but still managed to pick up a 3-2 victory.

Goals from Billy Kee and Calvin Zola put the Brewers in charge, but Peter Cavanagh and Bobby Grant levelled the score before Kee hit the winner.
Striker David Ball's sixth goal of the season handed Graham Alexander his first victory as Fleetwood boss as they beat Morecambe 1-0.

Tube strike threatens to cause Boxing Day chaos for football fans

Arsenal clash with West Ham threatened after Tube drivers announce Boxing Day strike

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16:51 GMT, 17 December 2012

Arsenal are set to postpone their Boxing Day clash with West Ham until the new year after the proposed London Underground strike was confirmed by the Aslef union.

The club will not officially call off the encounter until the industrial action by Tube drivers is ratified by authorities but it appears likely it will be 2013 before Sam Allardyce brings his team to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal's 60,000-seater ground is five minutes' walk from Holloway Road station in north London, with Highbury and Islington and Finsbury Park also close by. Many fans use the service to get to games so a suspension would cause chaos if the match went ahead.

Under threat: The Gunners clash with West Ham might be rescheduled

Under threat: The Gunners clash with West Ham might be rescheduled

Boxing Day games under threat

Barclays Premier League

Arsenal v West Ham

Fulham v Southampton

nPower Championship

Charlton v Ipswich

nPower League One

Leyton Orient v Swindon

nPower League Two

Dagenham and Redbridge v Southend

A strike by Tube drivers last year
forced Arsenal to delay their Boxing Day match with Wolves by 24 hours
but they cannot do the same this year as they have a game against
Newcastle on December 29. Twelve months ago the club cited the 'duty of
care' they had to both sets of supporters and staff.

A midweek evening in January seems the likeliest date for re-staging but neighbours Tottenham Hotspur and the FA Cup are also factors to be considered.

QPR's match with West Brom will kick off at 3pm as planned after the club held a meeting this afternoon to discuss the matter.

Loftus Road is close to three Tube stations and fans are often reliant on the service but a statement on Ranger's website read: 'Supporters are advised to allow extra time for their journeys to and from Loftus Road.

'Buses will be running on the usual Sunday/Bank Holiday service on the day of the fixture, whilst parking in the borough will be free.

Christmas cheer Arsenal are facing a tricky festive period

Christmas cheer Arsenal are facing a tricky festive period

'Supporters who are unable to attend the fixture owing to the Tube strikes will be entitled to a full refund.'

Fulham will wait for official confirmation of the Tube strike before deciding if any action needs to be taken over their Boxing Day match with Southampton at Craven Cottage.

A club spokesman said: 'We are monitoring situation and putting contingency in place but remain fully committed to the game going ahead as scheduled.'

Fulham play Swansea three days later.

Charlton are the only Championship side hosting a Boxing Day fixture in the capital but it is understood their match with Ipswich should not be too badly disrupted and will go ahead. Most home fans travel in from Kent rather than central London.

Derailed: Fans will have find it difficult to get across the capital

Derailed: Fans will have find it difficult to get across the capital

The announcement by Aslef means
London Underground drivers are on course to walk out on Boxing Day, as
well as January 18 and 25 in a row over bank holiday pay. It will be the
third successive Christmas walkout by Tube drivers.

The
move was announced after Aslef members voted by 9-1 in favour of
strikes. A spokesman said: 'The ballot result shows the strength of
feeling that remains on this issue.'

League Two round-up: Barrett keeps Gills five points in front

League Two round-up: Barrett keeps Gills five points in front

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19:04 GMT, 10 November 2012

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UPDATED:

19:04 GMT, 10 November 2012

Gillingham maintained their five-point lead at the top of npower League Two after Adam Barrett secured a late 2-2 at Plymouth.

The Gills looked to be slumping to their second defeat of the season when Luke Young put the hosts ahead with 11 minutes to go but Barrett headed in with two minutes remaining.

Net profit: Gillingham's Adam Barrett (second right) scores the leveller

Net profit: Gillingham's Adam Barrett (second right) scores the leveller

Earlier, Curtis Nelson put Plymouth ahead but Ben Strevens equalised after 38 minutes.

Second-placed Port Vale could not capitalise after drawing 0-0 at Southend and are now level on 32 points with Cheltenham, who edged out Burton 1-0 thanks to a late Chris Zebroski goal.

A Nahki Wells brace enabled Bradford to move up to fourth with a 2-0 win at rock-bottom Aldershot while big-spending Fleetwood were twice pegged back in a 2-2 draw at Exeter.

Phil McNulty and Barry Nicholson gave the north-west side the lead on two occasions but the Grecians earned a point thanks to a Jamie Cureton effort and a John O'Flynn spot-kick.

Bobby Grant scored a deflected last-minute winner as Rochdale won 2-1 at struggling Wycombe.

Ashley Grimes' early effort was cancelled out by Wanderers' Joel Grant but Rochdale snatched it when Bobby Grant netted in the closing seconds.

Torquay slipped out of the play-off spots after a 0-0 draw at Oxford and promotion hopefuls Rotherham were thrashed 5-0 at Dagenham and Redbridge.

Dwight Gayle and Luke Howell both scored twice as Dagenham ran riot with Medy Elito also getting on the scoresheet. Adebayo Akinfenwa scored his first Northampton hat-trick as the Cobblers came from behind to win 4-2 at Accrington.

Stanley led 2-1 after George Miller and Rommy Boco cancelled out Akinfenwa's opener but Northampton substitute Jake Robinson levelled and burly striker Akinfenwa secured the points for the visitors with two late strikes.

Wimbledon moved away from the bottom two with a surprise 3-0 win at York.

Byron Harrison and Stacy Long put the Dons in control and Jack Midson added a third from the spot.

Richard Brodie scored two penalties as Morecambe beat Barnet 4-1.

Morecambe were 2-0 up inside 10 minutes thanks to goals from Kevin Ellison and Andrew Fleming before Brodie's double added gloss. Jon Nurse hit a consolation for Barnet in injury time.

Tom Eaves netted an 80th-minute winner as Bristol Rovers beat Chesterfield in a five-goal thriller.

Spireites defender Sam Togwell's own goal handed Rovers the lead but Mark Randall equalised with a free-kick.

Joe Anyinsah slid the Pirates back into the lead before debutant Brennan Dickenson levelled after 65 minutes.

But Eaves was the hero after 80 minutes with a deflected shot from 20 yards.

London Olympics 2012: Dwain Chambers and Adam Gemili are in wonderland after sparkling sprint performances

Chambers and Gemili are in wonderland after sparkling sprint performances

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21:29 GMT, 4 August 2012

Together they represent the potential future of the sport and its tainted past.

Olympics 2012

But both the fresh innocence of the
smiling 19-year-old Adam Gemili and the more hardened face of Dwain
Chambers received generous welcomes and produced superb performances at
the Olympic Stadium.

Chambers, who received the all-clear
to resume his Olympic career only in April after the British Olympic
Association's lifetime ban on drugs cheats was overturned, made the most
of his reprieve, producing one of his greatest performances since a
two-year ban for using steroids, winning his heat while easing up in
10.02sec.

Promising: Adam Gemili impressed for Team GB

Promising: Adam Gemili impressed for Team GB

Gemili, who was still hoping for a footballing contract at Dagenham and Redbridge in League Two and was on loan at Thurrock in the Isthmian League last autumn, also trod an unlikely route to these Games.

Yesterday he chased home former world record holder Asafa Powell in his heat, the Jamaican running 10.04sec to Gemili's 10.09sec, the Briton qualifying in second.

Neither might have imagined being here in today's semi-finals, where they will be joined by compatriot James Dasaolu, who qualified alongside Usain Bolt, finishing third in 10.13sec.

Warm reception: Dwain Chambers produced one of his best performances

Warm reception: Dwain Chambers produced one of his best performances

Chambers was fourth the last time he stepped on an Olympic track to run in the 100m in Sydney 2000, a result that began to plant the seeds of doubt in his mind and led him down a route that would end up in him taking designer steroids.

He has acknowledged his guilt and is contrite, unlike Americans Justin Gatlin, competing here in the 100m, and LaShawn Merritt, who limped off after 150m of his heat, thus sparing us the indignity of an unrepentant drug cheat winning the 400m.

Chambers said: 'I wasn't worried about the reception. I was more worried about my performance, coming this far and not doing it. The welcome was, “Wow! What's that” I wanted to make sure I did my team, my family and supporters proud.'

London 2012 Olympics: Adam Gemili looking for boost at World Junior Championships

Gemili eyes pre-Olympic boost as sprinter gears up for World Junior Championships

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18:12 GMT, 9 July 2012

Teenage sprinter Adam Gemili is hoping to emulate the success enjoyed by fellow Britons Christian Malcolm, Mark Lewis-Francis and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey when he continues his Olympic preparations at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona this week.

Gemili was last week named in the 71-strong Team GB squad for this summer's Games after finishing second to Dwain Chambers at the Olympic trials in June.

Raring to go: Gemili was talking in Barcelona ahead of the World Junior Championships

Raring to go: Gemili was talking ahead of the World Junior Championships

Raring to go: Gemili was talking in Barcelona ahead of the World Junior Championships

The former footballer has exploded on to the scene this year and leads the UK rankings with a time of 10.08 seconds, and he will be firm favourite for 100m gold at Barcelona's 1992 Olympic Stadium this week, with the heats taking place on Tuesday and the semi-final and final being held on Wednesday.

If he achieves that, he would become the fourth Briton to do it after Malcolm (1998), Lewis-Francis (2000) and Aikines-Aryeetey (2006).

'Obviously those three others are amazing in what they've done,' said Gemili.

Olympic dream: Gemili with former Olympic champion Wilson Kipketer of Denmark

Olympic dream: Gemili with former Olympic champion Wilson Kipketer of Denmark

'They've come to the junior champs and done so well. I look up to them. Hopefully I will follow in their footsteps.'

Gemili, who was on the books of Chelsea, Reading and Dagenham and Redbridge until he decided to concentrate on athletics in January, added on www.iaaf.org: 'At the start of the year the World Junior Championships was my main aim. The Olympics was just a massive bonus and I'm still focusing on the World Juniors now.

'I've come here to do as well as I can. Me and my coach (Michael Afilaka) have worked really really hard so that I can do the best I can and hopefully maintain it to the Olympic Games and do well there also.'

Switch in focus: Gemili (right) was playing professional football until January

Switch in focus: Gemili (right) was playing professional football until January

Having run 10.08 already this year, the World Junior Championships 100m record of 10.09 set by Trinidad and Tobago's Darrel Brown in Jamaica in 2002 could be under threat, but Gemili preferred not to make any predictions.

'I'm not looking to talking times. I want to execute my race and perform well. If I do that I will be happy,' he said.

'The last month or so has been really hectic and manic but I've enjoyed every moment of it and enjoyed showing people what I can do and how I can run.'

London 2012 Olympics: Adam Gemili to compete in 100m

Golden boy Gemili grabs chance to race Bolt at London Olympics

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13:02 GMT, 26 June 2012

Teenage sprinter Adam Gemili has confirmed he does plan to compete at the London Olympics.

The 18-year-old was on Tuesday
entered for the 100 metres, but not the 200m, at the World Junior
Championships in Barcelona next month, the clearest indication yet that
he will take up his guaranteed place at the Games.

Flying the flag: Gemili is the only British sprinter to have automatically qualified for the 100m

Flying the flag: Gemili is the only British sprinter to have automatically qualified for the 100m

Gemili,
who will be hot favourite for gold at the championships which run from
July 10-15, finished second to Dwain Chambers at the Olympic trials at
the weekend to seal his place on the team for London.

The
former footballer has exploded on to the scene this year and leads the
UK rankings with a time of 10.08 seconds, but his coach Michael Afilaka
revealed on Sunday he was not sure the athlete was mentally ready for
the Games, claiming he was an 'emotional wreck' after the trials.

Afilaka admitted Gemili wanted to compete in London and the teenager revealed it was his intention to do so.

He
told BBC Radio Kent: 'My plan is to go to the Olympics and compete with
the world's top sprinters and not get beaten too badly.'

He added: 'I've got two weeks until the World Juniors so I'm just going to get my head down and train hard for that.

'That was my aim for this year until I ran 10.08secs and the Olympics became a possibility.

'After that it's all focused on the Olympics.'

Double time: Gemili will race at junior World Championships and Olympics

Double time: Gemili will race at both World Junior Championships and Olympics

Gemili, who was on the books of
Chelsea, Reading and Dagenham and Redbridge until he decided to
concentrate on athletics in January and will also compete in the relay
in Barcelona, is part of a 43-strong Aviva Great Britain & Northern
Ireland team.

The fact he is only running in one individual event, rather than two, is a clear indication he will also run in London.

Elsewhere,
Olympic heptathlon qualifier Katarina Johnson-Thompson will not compete
in the seven-event competition as she saves herself for London, instead
doubling up in the long jump and 100m hurdles.

Alongside
Gemili, other strong gold medal contenders include James Gladman in the
110m hurdles, Jazmin Sawyers in the long jump and Jessica Judd, who
will race over 800m and 1500m.

The team will aim to replicate the successful campaign of Moncton 2010 which yielded eight medals, including two golds.

'The World Junior Championships are a massive stepping stone in a junior athlete's career,' said team leader Alan Richardson.

'And the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona will be a fantastic environment to learn in.

'I
am really excited about this team, there is a lot of quality and we are
not short of medal chances. In some cases, such as the sprints,
selection was difficult with quite a number of athletes qualifying for
several events, but it just shows the depth of the team – the sport at
junior level is definitely moving forwards.'

London 2012 Olympics: Adam Gemili place in doubt

Gemili's coach casts doubt over sprinter's Olympic place despite securing qualification

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21:00 GMT, 24 June 2012

The coach of teenager sprinter Adam Gemili is not yet convinced he is mentally ready for the cauldron of the Olympics after revealing he was an emotional wreck after guaranteeing selection for London 2012 by finishing second to Dwain Chambers in the 100 metres at the trials.

The 18-year-old, who leads the British rankings this year with 10.08 seconds, booked his place at the Games with a top-two finish at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium, but his coach Michael Afilaka insists deciding whether he should go is anything but a straightforward decision.

The main target of the former footballer, who was on the books of Chelsea, Reading and Dagenham and Redbridge until he decided to concentrate on athletics in January, is the 100 and 200m at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, which get under way on July 10.

Made it: Adam Gemili has booked his place at the London Olympics

Made it: Adam Gemili has booked his place at the London Olympics

And Afilaka claims there is currently only a 51 per cent chance he will also compete in London.

He said: 'It's not about turning it down. The key is that we have to remember this is a young kid and everybody is getting carried away.

'It's not the World Juniors versus the Olympics. It's always been the juniors and the Olympics is just a bonus. We have to be sensible. We don't want to deviate from the plan.

'Eleven months ago the aim for Adam was to make the relay six for the junior team and he was not good enough to do that.

'If you throw him into the cauldron of the Olympics and he gets burned then he might never recover.

'I'm not saying we're not going to do it. I'm just saying that right now the plan is World Juniors and we'll adjust accordingly.'

Thrilling finish: Dwain Chambers won the 100m final ahead on Gemili on Sunday

Thrilling finish: Dwain Chambers won the 100m final ahead on Gemili on Sunday

Afilaka insists the fact the Olympics are in London will play no part in his decision.

'It's irrelevant,' he said. 'The reality is the competition doesn't change. I'm very clear what that competition is and it's brutal – from getting kitted out to walking into the Olympics Stadium.

'I've been there, seen it, trust me. He's not just a young kid, he's young to athletics. I'm not saying no, but it really has to be a day-by-day decision.'

Gemili had looked the smoothest of the qualifiers into Saturday's 100m final, but was pipped by Chambers, 16 years his senior, who took the title in 10.25 seconds, 0.04secs ahead of his young rival.

That final was the highest-profile race Gemili has been in in his fledgling career, but the spotlight at the Olympics will be something else entirely.

Hot topic: Gemili has yet to confirm that he will take his place at the Games

Hot topic: Gemili has yet to confirm that he will take his place at the Games

Afilaka added: 'You have a number of British athletes who have been on their own, but sprinkle a couple of Americans in and they go blank. The development is not just physical, it's mental as well.

'If you saw him yesterday evening he was an emotional wreck. Literally, with no asking him, I knew there was no way he could do the 200 today. We have to be very sensible.'

The UK Athletics selectors will meet on July 2 to decide on the team for London, so Afilaka and Gemili will make a decision on his involvement over the next week.

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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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.