Search

Gemili edged out of gold

14:13 30 June 2014

Adam Gemili (right) finished behind Danny Talbot in the final of the men's 200m at the Sainsbury's British Athletics Championships at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium (pic: Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Adam Gemili (right) finished behind Danny Talbot in the final of the men's 200m at the Sainsbury's British Athletics Championships at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium (pic: Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

2014 British Athletics

UEL student will not panic after 200m defeat

University of East London sports scholar Adam Gemili insists he is far from hitting the panic button after losing out on the 200m title at the Sainsbury’s British Championships in Birmingham.

Gemili clocked 20.6seconds in damp conditions to finish two hundredths behind GB teammate Danny Talbot, who sprang a surprise to claim the gold.

But if Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium did not see him at his best, Gemili has vowed to hit his peak in time for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

There are still four weeks left to prepare and Gemili, who stormed to a personal best of 19.98 at the World Championships last year to become just the second sub-20 Brit ever, is unfazed by the defeat.

“It’s not really a shock, I didn’t run the cleanest of bends and I felt a little bit of cramp,” he said.

“I don’t think I managed my hydration as well as I could have. But second place and in that weather 20.6 is good.

“I ran a 20.7 on Friday and that was a bit of a jog. So I know I’ve got a lot more to come, it’s just hitting it right on the day and I’ve got to be happy with that.

“Danny Talbot has been one of my best mates in the sport for the last year; he’s been unlucky making teams so for him to come and win it I’m so happy for him.

“I’ve got the Diamond League and I can get things better for there, then I can get things right for the Commonwealths and the Europeans if I’m selected.

“In the European Under-23s last year I came fourth in that final, and a couple of weeks later I make the World Championships final.

“So it happens with racing, it’s not as easy as just saying it – it comes down to hard work. But I’m happy for now.”

Gemili will not just have medals on his mind in Glasgow as time ticks down on recording 20.55 – the European Championships qualifying time.

That competition follows hot on the heels of the Commonwealths but the 20-year-old is convinced he’ll be ready.

“There’s always time, I’m doing Glasgow so hopefully I’ll get the time there and if not, I don’t know if they can take it from last year, but we’ll see. I’ll take it as it comes,” added Gemili.

“I’m running well in training but on the day I couldn’t hit it right, my body just wasn’t 100 per cent. The champs are in August, that’s when you’ve got to get it right.”

*Sainsbury’s is proud to support British Athletics through the Summer Series events and committed to helping young people lead healthier, more active lifestyles.

For more information visitwww.sainsburys.co.uk/legacy.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham Sports News

Yesterday, 22:59

Interim boss admits he doesn’t know if he wants the job on permanent basis, but refutes claims that Francesco Becchetti was involved in team selection

Andy Hessenthaler

Sky Bet League Two: Leyton Orient 0 Plymouth Argyle 2

Alex Cisak
Yesterday, 17:30

Yvan Erichot a doubt with a groin problem as Andy Edwards steps up to take charge

Nicky Hunt
Yesterday, 14:30

Terence McMillan Stadium outfit delivered spirited display at the Arena and triumphed 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out

Essex Senior League

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Read more

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now