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Dartford sprinter Adam Gemili wins silver medal at Commonwealth Games

By KentOnline reporter

Dartford sprinter Adam Gemili has won silver in the 100m final at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Kemar Bailey-Cole of Jamaica crosses the line to win gold ahead of Adam Gemili, right, in the 100m final at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Jamaica's Kemar Bailey-Cole took gold, but Gemili's performance represents a landmark in his career to date.

The 20-year-old dropped to his knees as the big screen at Hampden Park confirmed he had held off the challenge of Nickel Ashmeade to take second place with a time of 10.10s.

Gemili: Winning silver at Commonwealth Games is 'indescribable'

Speaking shortly afterwards, he said: ""I can't believe it. I was pushing for gold but I am delighted and hopefully I can keep progressing and use this as a stepping stone."

Long distance running legend Paula Radcliffe hailed Gemili's achievement as 'brilliant and well deserved' while double Commonwealth Games champion Colin Jackson told the BBC: "It's a huge landmark for Adam to run well in the qualifying rounds at a major event and get a medal in the final."

Adam Gemili

Gemili, a former pupil at Dartford Boys Grammar School, had thrown down the gauntlet by qualifying fastest from the heats.

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