Gemili not quitting on World dream

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Published: Tuesday 30th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Great Britain sprinter Adam Gemili is refusing to give up on his World Championships dream as he is nursed back to full fitness.

The 21-year-old damaged his right hamstring when he fell as he crossed the line after clocking a personal best 9.97 seconds for the 100metres at the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix on June 7.

He is slowly working his way back and has not yet ruled himself out of the World Championships, which start in Beijing on August 22, although he admits next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro remain his main focus.

Gemili said: “I’m slowly but surely recovering. I’ve got a good bunch of guys working on me. I’m not trying to rush things, but if I can get back on the track before the end of the season, that is great.

“Of course it would be great if I was able to make Beijing, but I do not know if that will be possible yet and I am not going to risk anything. We have to look at the bigger picture, with the Rio Olympics obviously the main priority.”

Elation quickly turned to agony for Gemili in Birmingham as injury struck a split-second after he had become the first Briton to go under both 10 seconds for the 100m and 20 seconds for the 200m, and it is only now that he has had time to reflect upon the achievement.

He said: “It’s actually only just now sunk in, I’ll always remember the finish, unfortunately, but I over-committed to the race.

“Being the first Brit to go sub-10 and sub-20 is just amazing and it is something I am really proud of achieving.”

Published: Tuesday 30th June 2015 by The News Editor

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