Gemili down but not out after 200m fourth

Gemili down but not out after 200m fourth

01 October 2019 / 20:09

Adam Gemili vowed to come back even stronger after he narrowly missed out on a medal in the 200m at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, with Tokyo already on his mind.

The Brit led a stacked field after the bend having leapt out of the blocks, before being agonisingly reeled in at the last by champion Noah Lyles, Andre De Grasse and Alex Quinonez to finish fourth in 20.03s.

And, visibly downcast in his post-race interview, the 25-year-old – who also finished fourth in Rio – nevertheless composed himself to make a bold statement.

“I have to take the positives, I guess,” he said.  

“From being written off, labelled a relay runner. It just shows that you need that tight-knit of people around you to believe in you and you can achieve whatever you want to achieve.

“For me, that hasn’t happened today, but it has re-lit something inside me and with Tokyo next year – it’s winnable.”

Dina Asher-Smith underlined her status as the favourite for gold in the women’s 200m as she blitzed the field to cruise through her semi-final in 22.16s.

The fastest time across all three semis, the 23-year-old will enter Wednesday’s showpiece looking to go one better than her silver in the 100m.

She will be the lone British presence in the final, however, after both Jodie Williams and Beth Dobbin missed out.

Elsewhere, neither Laviai Nielsen, nor Emily Diamond – who ran a season’s best time on the night – could make it through their 400m semi-finals.

Earlier, the afternoon session proved to be a profitable one for the competing British contingent, with no less than four athletes making it through their respective heats.

There was double delight in the women’s 400m hurdles as both Meghan Beesley and Jessica Turner – who notched a new pb in the process – marched onto the semi-finals.

Rabah Yousif likewise eased his way through to the semis in the men’s 400m heats, although there was a painful departure for Matthew Hudson-Smith as he was unable to complete his race, pulling up early with an injury.

In the men’s hammer, Nick Miller progressed through to Wednesday’s final, but Zak Seddon missed out in the 3000m steeplechase after finishing seventh in his heat.