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TeamGB spring star Adam Gemili wins international 100m at Bedford in 10.08 while there is also success for Dina Asher-Smith and Bobby Clay

02 June 2014
by Alex Hoad

Dartford star Adam Gemili continued his build-up to a hectic summer of sprinting with a season’s best performance at the Bedford International Games on Saturday.

The 20-year-old World Junior Champion and London 2012 semi-finalist stopped the clock in the 100m in a time of 10.08secs, his fifth fastest of all-time and the best by a Brit this year.

The time was a quarter of a second faster than the time in which he won the BUCS Championships title on the same track four weeks earlier and six-hundredths quicker than GB rival Danny Talbot.

Both times were well inside the qualifying mark of 10.20 for this summer's European Championships, set by British Athletics, while there is also a Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to look forward to.

Gemili celebrated the win by watching the Froch v Groves boxing match at Wembley Stadium alongside the England football team, preparing to jet-off to the World Cup in Brazil.

Adam Gemili

Adam Gemili

Gemili’s Blackheath & Bromley AC teammate Dina Asher-Smith continued her fine form to win the women’s 100m.

The 18-year-old European Junior 200m champion finished just one-hundredth of a second outside the Personal Best she set at Loughborough two weeks before, crossing the line in 11.21secs.

The time was well inside the qualifying mark for the European Championships and just three-hundredths off being the fastest by a GB sprinter this year.

Elsewhere Invicta East Kent AC star Bobby Clay produced a season’s best time in the 1,500m to achieve the qualifying mark for this summer’s World Junior Championships.

The Wingham star, who only turned 17 two weeks ago, finished fourth in the women’s A race at the British Milers Club Grand Prix meeting at Sportcity in Manchester on Saturday.

Clay stopped the clock in 4:17.61, more than a third of a second inside the qualifying mark for the prestigious event in Eugene, Oregon, USA, in July, but was pipped onto the podium by Amy Griffiths’ Personal Best performance by just 0.4secs.

Charlene Thomas won the race in 4:11.38 - the fifth fastest time in the UK this year.

 

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