Dartford: Adam Gemili’s 100m Olympics dreams
14:48 08 June 2012
Just six months ago Dartford teenager Adam Gemili was preparing to watch the Olympics on television.
Fast forward to less than 50 days before the Games begin and he may be running in the much-hyped 100m sprint.
Adam became the fastest man in Britain this year on Saturday June 2 when he smashed the 100 metres Olympic A qualification standard in Germany.
The 18-year-old ran an astonishing 10.08 seconds to win, eclipsing his personal best time of 10.23 – and made light-work of the 10.18 time needed to move into serious contention for London 2012.
Adam has shot onto the scene in the blink of an eye and now faces an anxious wait to see if he will go to the Games, with a maximum of three sprint spots up for grabs in Team GB.
However, Adam will need a repeat performance at the Olympic trials in Birmingham later this month where he will go head to head with sprint heavyweights Dwain Chambers, Christian Malcolm and Mark Lewis-Francis.
For Adam, a former Dartford Grammar School student, just having his name mentioned alongside British sprinting’s elite is a dream come true.
He said: “You always want others to do well. Everyone’s quite close in athletics and I have had a lot of support from other athletes.
“So if someone else runs quicker (in Birmingham) then I won’t be too unhappy. I never expected to be talking about myself in the same sentence as some of the best in the country, let alone run faster than them.
“It’s been surreal since I’ve been home. It’s been quite an experience, with so much attention, but what I have done has now sunk in and registered.
“I prepared no differently to how I have done before. I knew I could be fast and competitive, but I didn’t expect to run anywhere near that time.
“And to do that in only my third senior race of the year is just great, I’m so pleased.”
And Gemili, who is also on the books at League Two club Dagenham & Redbridge, admits he’s given himself a welcome headache.
Ticketless for the Olympics, he could now be running in the lane next to Usain Bolt.
Gemili said: “Could you imagine that? It would be amazing.
“I’m not getting carried away though. I will just carry on, training hard, get my schoolwork done, then wait and see.”