Gemili clocks A standard in 100m

02 June 2012 / 17:44

Eighteen-year-old Adam Gemili ran the second fastest time by a European athlete this year by clocking an Olympic A standard 10.08 seconds to win the 100 metres at a meeting in Regensburg.

Gemili achieved the A standard twice at the Sparkassen Gala in Germany, running 10.11secs in the heats, but his time to win the final, with the tailwind of 0.8 m/s well within the legal limits, was mightily impressive.

The Londoner smashed his previous personal best of 10.23 to become the second fastest British junior of all time.

His time lifted him above Mark Lewis Francis, a former world junior champion, on the Great Britain junior all-time list, with only Dwain Chambers' 10.06 set back in 1997 ahead of him.

France's Christophe Lemaitre is the only European to have gone faster than the Blackheath and Bromley athlete this season.

Gemili, who won silver at last year's European Junior Championships in Estonia, is the second Briton to achieve the A standard of 10.18 this year after James Dasaolu, meaning the likes of Chambers could have their work cut out to make the team.

Dasaolu, 24, ran exactly 10.18 in France last month.

Gemili is also a promising footballer, having been a member of the Dagenham and Redbridge Academy squad last season and played on loan at non-league Thurrock.