Adam Gemili suffers World Championships ‘heartbreak’ in 4x100m relay

PUBLISHED: 11:59 19 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:03 19 August 2013

Adam Gemili described the medal loss as 'heartbreaking' on Twitter.

Adam Gemili described the medal loss as 'heartbreaking' on Twitter.

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Sprinter Adam Gemili was stripped of a bronze 4x100m relay medal at the World Championships on Sunday, after his teammates failed to correctly pass the baton.

Gemili, of Dartford, ran alongside Dwaine Chambers, James Ellington and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey for Great Britain in Moscow.

After a strong start from Gemili, the baton change between Aikines-Artyeetey and Ellington took place outside of the designated zone before Chambers powered home to finish behind the USA and Jamaica.

The British athletes were on their way to the podium when the news of their disqualification reached them.

Taking to Twitter after the race, Gemili said: “To be so close to receiving a medal and have it taken away is heartbreaking.”

Gemili had also reached the final of the men’s 200m, breaking the 20 second barrier and his own personal best to breeze through both the heat and semi-final stages.

He placed fifth with a time of 20.08s, with Usain Bolt taking the gold in a time of 19.66s.

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