Published: 00:00, 28 July 2014 |
Updated: 10:29, 29 July 2014
by Alex Hoad at Hampden Park
Commonwealth Games 100m silver medallist Adam Gemili said the feeling of winning his first senior medal was indescribable.
The 20-year-old from Dartford sank to his knees on the track after seeing his name appear on the stadium big screen at Hampden Park shortly before 10pm on Monday, greeted by some of the biggest cheers in the grand old stadium's illustrious history.
It was a first senior medal for the former Dartford Grammar School for Boys pupil, who missed out on the London 2012 Olympic 100m final by just 0.4secs.
Gemili made a superb start and although he was overhauled by lanky Jamaican Kemar Bailey-Cole, who claimed gold in 10.00secs, Gemili dipped brilliantly at the line to snatch silver in a time of 10.10 to pip Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade by two hundredths of a second.
The Blackheath & Bromley AC star said: "I'm truly proud to win a medal for England on British soil.
"I love coming to Championships and running. The crowd absolutely lifted me, gave me that extra bit of energy running on tired legs. I’m over the moon."
Gemili's face was a picture after the blanket finish, with just a tenth of a second separating Gemili from seventh-placed Warren Fraser.
He added: "I had no clue (I'd won a medal). I thought I got run out of it. I knew I got out well. Bailey-Cole executed his race the best and I was just hanging on for dear life and I dipped and soon as I saw my name…
"The time is irrelevant. My first senior medal - there are no words that can describe this feeling.
"Hopefully I can use this as a stepping stone for the European Championships in a few weeks and the World Championships next year and through into the Olympics. I am so happy."
The university student tweeted on Tuesday that he has woken up and realised it was not a dream and he is the Commonwealth Games silver medalist.
He has also thanked fans and his team for their support.
A special thanks to every single person for supporting me out there. Wish I could individually thank you all but just know I am so grateful— Adam Gemili (@Adam_Gemili) July 29, 2014
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