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Dartford sprinter Adam Gemili dreaming of winning a medal for Englandat the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Adam Gemili
Adam Gemili

Sprint star Adam Gemili says a place in history is more important than breaking records as he prepares for his first Commonwealth Games.

The 20-year-old – an Olympic semi-finalist in the 100m in 2012 and World Championship finalist in the 200m last summer – has his sights on a first senior international medal at Hampden Park on Monday after being selected as one of three Team England entrants in the 100m.

Gemili said: "For me, and most athletes, it’s always about medals. Everyone would love to run a British record but that will come when it comes.

"Records will always be broken. One day someone will come along and break Usain Bolt’s record but you win a medal at a championships and that medal will always be yours."

With the European Championships in Zurich to follow on August 12, where Gemili will target a 200m medal, it promises to be a hectic few weeks for the former Dartford Grammar School for Boys pupil.

He said: "They are two championships I’ve never been to. Glasgow is going to be a great stadium and atmosphere and there will be great competition at both. Both are as important as each other, really, though the Commonwealths are more rare, certainly."

He added: "There will be home support, it doesn’t matter that it’s in Scotland and we’re England. There will be British fans and I’m sure they’ll want us to do well.

"Nothing will ever be bigger than the London Olympics but it might be a similar level in terms of atmosphere."

The men’s 100m competition begins on Sunday, with the final the following night.

Gemili is also in line to feature in the 4x100m on August 1-2.

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