Adam Gemili sets his sights on World Championships spot

Sprint sensation Adam Gemili is eyeing becoming only the fourth Briton to run the 100m under 10 seconds

Sprint sensation Adam Gemili is eyeing becoming only the fourth Briton to run under 10 seconds, a feat that would put him in the illustrious company of Olympic gold medallist Linford Christie.

Gemili burst onto the scene at London 2012, narrowly missing out on a place in the 100m final at what was his first Games.

The 19-year-old won last year’s national 100m title in Birmingham having only taken up sprinting a few months before, and now he has clocked the quickest 200m by a Brit for five years.

Gemili is this weekend bidding to qualify for next month’s World Championships in Moscow, where he hopes to pit his wits against the likes of Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay – two men who have had plenty of positive things to say about Gemili.

If he qualifies, Gemili says the aim is to reach the final – but claiming a medal is a burning ambition.

“Making the final is the aim, and hopefully going for a medal – that should be the aim for everyone,” said the world junior champion, who ran a wind-assisted 10.09 seconds over 100m earlier this season but whose personal best is 10.05secs.

“The top athletes in the world have said some lovely things – Tyson Gay, Usain Bolt – and it’s such a great inspiration for me to one day achieve something and hopefully one day be at their level and their position.

“Breaking ten seconds is one of my aims for 2013 but if I don’t achieve it I won’t be too upset.”

That would rank him alongside Christie, Dwain Chambers and Jason Gardener.

Gemili, speaking while presenting medals to successful athletes at the London Youth Games, added: “I’d like to say it is going to happen but my goals are running well at the championships.”

The London Youth Games is delivering a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics by inspiring more young Londoners to play and volunteer in sport. London’s councils along with Balfour Beatty and Sport England support Europe’s largest annual youth sports event which has over 100,000 athletes competing across 85 competitions over nine months.

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