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Adam Gemili wins two gold medals but Lisa Dobriskey and Jack Green pull out of races

15 July 2013
by Alex Hoad

Adam Gemili

Adam Gemili

Adam Gemili added two gold medals to his growing haul, at the European Under-23 Championships in Tampere, Finland.

Dartford star Gemili, 19, claimed gold in the 100m and helped the 4x100m relay team set a championship record to win a second event, but narrowly missed out on the medals in the 200m.

In the 100m on Friday, world junior champion Gemili crossed the line in a time of 10.20 seconds to claim gold.

He said: "It’s great to win gold, that’s what I came here to do. This is the main championships of the year for me so to come here and win gold is a brilliant feeling.”

The Blackheath & Bromley ace said the medal was more important than the time, after stopping the clock two hundredths outside his season's best of 10.18, set in the semi-final.

He said: "The time is a little disappointing because I didn’t execute my race as well as I could, but I’m happy with a gold medal. My start was what let me down today, I was behind at the start and I had to just stay calm and execute the rest of my race and I did that and luckily came through.

“With how I’ve been training I think I should have a quicker time in me this season but it’s not to be today so I’ll have to move on to the next race. To win gold was the main thing, it’s more about the performance than the time and I’m happy.”

Gemili took over the baton with GB trailing Poland but stormed through to snatch the gold on the line.

Despite having won his 200m heat in 20.46, Gemili clocked 20.51 in the final on Saturday to finish fourth, 0.10secs behind the winner and five-hundredths behind compatriot Danny Talbot, who took silver.

The result does leave a slight question mark over his selection for next month's World Championships in Moscow, although he has run a qualifying A standard 20.30 - fastest by a Brit - this season.

James Ellington has secured one of the three places after winning the GB trials at Birmingham on Sunday meaning there are just two GB places up for grabs.

Gemili is only the seventh fastest Brit over 100m and does not have an A standard this season.

Hythe's Jack Green pulled out of the 400m hurdles in the heats, pulling up at the third hurdle, and may sit out the remainder of the season due to personal problems, while Lorraine Ugen, of Bexleyheath, withdrew from the long-jump competition due to fitness concerns.

There was disappointment for Ashford AC's Lisa Dobriskey at the British trials as she pulled out 600m into a tough 1,500m with an apparent foot injury. 

The New Romney athlete's GB team-mate Laura Weightmann withdrew through a knee injury a lap later with Hannah England going on to win and secure her place in the party for the World Championships in Moscow.

Kent also had two representatives at the World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Rising star Bobby Clay of Invicta East Kent AC finished fourth in the 1,500m on Saturday despite a brave run and a fine new personal best.

The 16-year-old was well in touch with 400m to go but was buffeted by eventual winner Tigist Gashaw, who led an Ethiopian one-two.

Clay's time of 4.16.41 was nearly two seconds inside her previous best.

The Wingham ace had qualified for the final with a run of 4.21.18 in the first heat on Wednesday.

Shannon Hylton, of Blackheath & Bromley, was sixth in the 200m final on Sunday in 23.64.

The 16-year-old from Bromley reached the final with a run of 23.94 in the semi-final on Saturday, having won her heat in 23.58 the previous day.

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