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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.