Dartford sprinter may focus instead on World Juniors

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Sprint sensation Adam Gemili is set to fly the flag for Kent at the London 2012 Olympics after booking a place in the Great Britain Athletics squad at the trials in Birmingham last weekend.

The Dartford sprinter arguably stole the show as far as Kent’s athletes were concerned, but his place in London isn’t set in stone, with the 18-year-old admitting he still has one eye on a World Junior Championship medal.

After setting the fastest time in qualifying for the 100m final, 10.20 seconds, Gemili finished second behind Dwain Chambers in the final in 10.29.

Although this was fractionally behind the Olympic qualifying time on 10.18, Gemili’s personal best of 10.08, set last month, means he’s eligible to run.

“I can’t believe it, I don’t know what to say,” he said. “I’ve got to thank everyone that supported me. I was just trying to go and run and finish in the top two. Now I’m potentially going to the Olympics.”

Gemili’s use of the word “potentially” means he’s still in two minds as to whether to concentrate on the World Junior Championships, which take place just a fortnight before the London Games.

“I haven’t decided yet,” Gemili admitted. “I would say that it’s quite likely but I’ll have to speak with my coach first. I’m not officially a senior, I’ve still got this year as a junior, but next year I feel like I can make the transition well. Today just felt like I had to stay with them and not get beaten too badly or shown up, so I think I did alright.”

According to Chambers, Gemili did a lot better than that, saying the teenager reminded him of how used to be as a young athlete.

“In a situation like this I have to draw on my experience and that’s what enabled me to win,“ Chambers said. “He (Gemili) is fantastic, and it’s great to see youngsters coming through. That’s what gives us old boys a kick up the backside and we need that. And looking at him remembering myself in that position wanting to beat all the old boys, now we’re getting a taste of our own medicine. I still feel young at heart, and having a youngster like Adam is fantastic for the sport. I believe he’s going to be a fantastic attribute for the relay and he’s going to do fantastically well in the world juniors.”



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