Gemili to compete in 200m in Birmingham

15 August 2012 / 13:37

Teenage sprinter Adam Gemili will race over 200 metres at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix later this month, UK Athletics have confirmed.

The 18-year-old, who reached the semi-finals of the 100m at the Olympics, will compete over the longer distance in his first Diamond League appearance on home soil at the Alexander Stadium on August 26.

Former footballer Gemili, who has only been training full-time since January, ran 10.06 seconds to finish third in his semi-final behind silver medallist Yohan Blake and Tyson Gay in London and just miss out on a final spot.

The world junior champion said: "The Olympics was an amazing experience for me. I never thought in my wildest dreams that in eight months, I would go from playing non-league football to representing my country in the biggest sporting event in the world - the Olympic Games.

"To compete in front of a capacity home crowd against the best athletes in the world gave me a real taste of what's to come in the next few years.

"To walk out to the roars of 80,000 people cheering you on is something I'll never forget."

Gemili, who was also in the relay team which was disqualified at London 2012 for another baton handover error, will be up against Olympic finalists Ryan Bailey, Churandy Martina and Wallace Spearmon.

"The Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix will give me another opportunity to race against some of the guys that I went up against in the Olympic Games, and this is something I am relishing," said Gemili, who has a best over 200m of 20.61secs.

"There are going to be some 200m specialists out on the track, but I am keen to show that I can make that transition from the 100m and compete against the best.

"Make no mistake, it will be a fiercely contested race, but I'm more than capable of rising to the occasion and showing a glimpse of what is to come from me in the next few years."