Olympic sprinter and former Barking and Dagenham student Adam Gemili wins gold in European championships

PUBLISHED: 13:30 15 July 2013

Adam Gemili. Pic by Mike Egerton

Adam Gemili. Pic by Mike Egerton

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Olympic sprinter Adam Gemili has won gold for Britain in the final of a European athletics championship.

The 19-year-old former Barking and Dagenham College student took the 100 metres win at the four-day European under 23 Championships in Tampere, Finland, on Friday.

The rising track star crossed the line in 10.20 seconds but failed to make a time that would see him automatically qualify for the 100m at the senior World Championships next month.

Adam, who did qualify for the 200m, said: “It’s great to win gold, that’s what I came here to do.

“This is the main championships of the year for me, so to come here and win gold is a brilliant feeling.

“The time is a little disappointing because I didn’t execute my race as well as I could, but I’m happy with a gold medal.

“My start was what let me down today, I was behind at the start and I had to just stay calm and execute the rest of my race. I did that and luckily came through.”

Adam completed a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports at the college.

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