Dartford gold medallist Adam Gemili's 'dream come true' at London World Athletics Championships
PUBLISHED: 08:47 14 August 2017
The sprinter picked up the medal on Saturday night
Adam Gemili has said overcome last year’s Olympic heartache by picking up gold at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday.
The Dartford sprinter missed out on a 200m bronze medal in Rio by three-thousandsth of a second, and controversially overlooked for selection in the individual 200m event at championships, which closed on Sunday night.
But together with CJ Ujah, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Gemili obliterated the European 4x100 metres record with a run of 37.47 seconds to take gold 13 years after Britain’s last global success in the event at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
“It’s been a tough year, there’s been a lot of downs,” the 23-year-old said on his 2017 season.
“It was the lowest I’ve ever been in the sport and it’s the lowest I’ve ever felt in myself.
“Rio was disappointing, but it was a different kind of disappointment.
“But to come out the other end, with a fantastic team, as world champions - I’m elated. it’s everything you dream of.
“I don’t actually believe it’s happened. Last night I didn’t want to go to sleep in case I woke up and it was all a dream.
“But it’s reality and it’s something we’ve been working towards and every athlete in the squad wants to become world champion and be the best in the world and for us four lucky guys it’s actually happened. I feel great.”
A series of flawless changeovers allowed Mitchell-Blake to dip for the line 0.05secs ahead of the United States.
As Usain Bolt lay flat-out on the track, the final race of his career ruined by injury, the British quartet wildly celebrated a first world crown, the memories of a succession of failures erased.
Talbot, the oldest member of the quartet at 26, said: “We all want to dominate relay running now. We want to win every World Championship, every Olympic, every Commonwealth, every European relay.
“We’re a young team and to be world champions now, why can’t we win absolutely everything?
“We’re racing the best sprinters in the world and we’ve got a target on our backs. But we are the best relay team in the world right now and it’s for them to try and beat us.”