Sprinter Adam Gemili runs second fastest ever British under-20 time to finish season on a high
by Alex Hoad
Adam Gemili rounded-off his debut season in full-time
athletics in fine style, smashing his 200m PB to become the fastest
man in Britain for three years.
The 18-year-old Dartford phenom was running for his club
Blackheath & Bromley Harriers in the National Junior League
Final at Derby on Sunday when he won the 200m in 20.38, taking
0.15secs off his personal best, set only two weeks before in the
Diamond League at Birmingham.
The only Brit to have run faster as an under-20 was
Christian Malcolm (20.29) 14 years ago. Gemili has another year as
a junior to break the Welshman’s record.
The last Brit to run quicker was Toby Sandeman in 2009
Gemili only began full-time training at the start of the
year and only improved his 200m PB from 20.98 - run in the same
meeting in Derby last year - to 20.70 in April.
The former Dartford Grammar School pupil also won the 100m
at Derby in 10.21s - well below his PB of 10.05 set in Barcelona in
July when he won the World Junior Championships - and even ran a
leg of the 4x400m to help his team.
His rapid rate of progress saw his 100m PB at 10.23 until
his breakthrough performances at Regensburg, Germany, on June 2,
when he ran 10.11 and then 10.08 in one afternoon.
He went on to miss a place in the Olympic final in London
by just 0.04 seconds after finishing third in his
Gemili has run the five fastest times by any under-20 in
the world this year, 0.12 faster than anyone else.
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