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Adam Gemili claims his dreams came true by winning World Championship gold in the 4x100m relay in London

By Alex Hoad

Adam Gemili said his dreams came true after helping GB claim a historic gold in the 4x100m relay at the World Championships on Saturday night.

The home stars obliterated the field as they sped to glory in front of an ecstatic home crowd at the London Stadium, becoming the third fastest nation of all time.

CJ Ujah, Gemili, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake clocked a phenomenal 2017 world leading time and a new European record of 37.47secs to claim the home nation's first ever world 4x100m relay gold.

 

Gemili blazed down the back straight after blistering start from Ujah and managed to increase the lead over the USA, outstripping 100m champion Justin Gatlin. 

Talbot held on superbly around before Mitchell-Blake charged home, holding off the USA’s 100m silver medallist Christian Coleman while in his last ever race Jamaica’s Usain Bolt pulled up injured just metres from the finishing line. 

The 23-year-old former Dartford Grammar School for Boys pupil claimed: "This is the best feeling in the world. World champion...

 

"Thank you so much to everyone for supporting us. Thanks to the support team at British Athletics and the medical team."

The Blackheath & Bromley AC star had endured an injury-plagued season and controversially missed out on individual selection for the 200m - the event in which he missed out on bronze in a photo finish at the Rio Olympics last summer.

Gold also banished some of the memories of the London 2012 Olympics where an 18-year-old Gemili was involved in a botched handover which denied the hosts the chance of a medal.

He admitted: "It's not just this season... London 2012, especially for Danny and I, the relay didn't quite go great... well it went really horribly.

 "To come out here five years later for redemption and to come out and become world champions infront of a home crowd is something you dream of.

"The dream is now a reality and I am so lucky and grateful to be involved in this team. We know we can hopefully go and run even faster."
 
The star-studded race featured not just Bolt and Gatlin but former World Champion Yohan Blake and the fastest man in the world this year, Christian Coleman.
 
Gemili claimed: ""It was a great field out there, it was a very loaded race, but we believed in ourselves and each other and it happened.
 
"We've always believed we can do it, but we got it right and it happened. I believe we should have done this years ago, but running with these guys is a very special team and everyone here has been challenging the world's best - we came together and did the job."

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