Gemili: My Olympic dream
July 23, 2012 08:01 am
Great Britain's new track sensation Adam Gemili can hardly comprehend the whirlwind start to his athletics career.
Just six months after devoting himself to the sport full-time, the 18-year-old former Chelsea youth-team player is preparing to run in the Olympics' blue riband event. Gemili sparked huge excitement earlier this month when he clocked 10.05 seconds to win the 100 metres at the World Junior Championships.
Gemili said: "It feels like a dream and I am pinching myself to wake up. Things have happened so quickly. I have progressed through the sport so quickly and made the Olympic team. I'm over the moon and ecstatic with it. I'm just trying to enjoy it."
While the glamour of London 2012 might have seemed fantasy as Gemili played non-League football for Thurrock last year, the reality of it moved closer as he collected his Team GB clothing on Sunday.
Gemili was at the team base at Loughborough University with a number of recognised names such as Mark Lewis-Francis, Dwain Chambers and Chris Tomlinson for 'kitting out'.
He said: "It feels amazing. The whole experience, getting the kit and looking through it - the kit is just amazing. Just wearing it and trying it on, it makes the whole thing seems real, going to the Olympics."
While Gemili may not quite believe how much he has achieved so quickly, he is determined not to get ahead of himself, even though heroes such as Ato Boldon, Maurice Greene and Tyson Gay have expressed admiration.
Gemili hopes the experience of running in the same event as the likes of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake will inspire him.
He said: "Just to line up against them I would feel so privileged. I am just going to go there and try to enjoy it, try not to be left behind them too much, just try to run quick and do myself proud.
"It'll just be to get good experience - I am only 18, so hopefully I've still got a bit more time in the sport, God willing. It'll be good to just enjoy this, see where I am ranked on the world stage and how I fare against them."
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