Just six months ago, this teenage was a League Two footballer. But 18-year-old footballer-come-sprinter, Adam Gemili, cannot be stopped!
Not only is he running 100m for Team GB at London 2012 but he’s snatched the record of fastest British junior of all time!
Gemili clocked the record-breaking time of 10.05 in the 100m final at the World Junior Championships, Barcelona, yesterday.
His new personal best shaves milliseconds off his Olympic qualifying time of 10.08 which he achieved at Germany in early June.
I want to thank my mum, my dad, my sister, my coach, my training group and the whole of the GB team, the support they have given me is amazing, especially in the last few days…. I could hear them all cheering for me on the start line, it really did help.
I just told myself to stay relaxed and stay focused. I am not going to lie, I was nervous before the race: it’s a World Junior final, it’s in this stadium in Barcelona, how can you not be nervous? But you need to use your nerves in a good way, try to use them to help you run and I did it.
This is a massive stepping stone for the Olympics. If I had only made the final, it would have been a great achievement, to win makes it huge.
Gemili beat the record of 10.06 seconds set in 1997 by Dwain Chambers who he came second to last month at the Olympic qualifiers in Birmingham.
That’s what we call going for gold!