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Adam Gemili


A sprint sensation born in London, Adam Gemili is the only man in British history to run sub 10 seconds in the 100m and sub 20 seconds in the 200m. With plenty more to come, Adam is the man many are tipping to become the fastest man in the world and be the predominant figure for the blue-ribbon event at future Olympic Games.

Electric on the track and always smiling off it, Adam Gemili is one of the world’s leading rising stars in sport. A hugely personable and articulate young man, Adam is a natural talent at most things in life. Achieving 15 GCSE’s, 12 of which were graded A*or A including Japanese, Adam only took up athletics full-time in 2012 as he was previously considering a career in football after being signed to the Chelsea FC Academy throughout his teenage years. It was in 2011 after Adam won silver medals in the 100m and 4x100m relay at the European Junior Championships that he decided not to pursue a career in football to concentrate on track and field, specifically the 100m and 200m sprints. After only 6 months of full-time training, Adam became the 100m world junior champion in July 2012. His winning time of 10.05 seconds established a new championship record, a new British record and is the second fastest time ever run by a European junior. Just a month later, he announced himself to the world in his first ever men’s competition by finishing third in the Olympic 100m semi-final, aged only 18.

The following year, Adam followed up with yet another astonishing feat. Running the second fastest time ever by a Briton over 200m (19.98s), he was the only teenager to qualify for the 2013 World Championships final where he would finish 5th, fractionally missing out on a medal by 0.04s on his competition debut. 2014 was much of the same as Adam continued to build on his burgeoning reputation as the world’s most talented young sprinter, winning the silver medal in the men’s 100m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Two weeks later, Adam came away from the 2014 European Championships in Zurich with two gold medals, winning the 200 metres in an equal personal best and European Leading time of 19.98s, alongside anchoring the GB 4x100m relay team home.
Adam once again rewrote the record books but this time on UK soil when he ran sub 10-seconds in 100m for the first time at the Birmingham Diamond League in May 2015. Clocking 9.97 seconds, Adam established himself as the first ever Brit to run sub 10 and sub 20 over 100m and 200m respectively. Unfortunately, Adam injured his hamstring in the process, resulting in him missing the rest of the 2015 season. Not letting the setback derail him, Adam still headed out to Beijing for the 2015 World Championships albeit in a slightly different capacity as he fulfilled a punditry role for various worldwide network stations.

Back on track, Adam again proved his championship performer credentials becoming the 2016 National 200m Champion and helping GB secure 4x100m relay gold at the European Championships. Despite his tender years, he was named the Team GB athletics captain for the Rio Olympics 2016 at just 22 years old and helped to motivate the team to GB’s most successful ever Olympic Games. In the most competitive of events, Adam showcased his outstanding talent to beat the likes of World Champions Justin Gatlin and Yohan Blake but heartbreakingly finished fourth in the 200m missing out on an Olympic medal by just 0.003s. Despite missing out on a medal by what has been described as the width of a finger, Adam is undoubtedly a superstar in the making and a leading contender to replace Usain Bolt as the world’s fastest man for many years to come.

Despite being only 22, Adam has already established himself as one of the world’s elite sprinters. With his parents hailing from Iran and Morocco, Adam could lay claim to not only being the leading British hope for a sprint medal at the London 2017 World Championships and Tokyo 2020 Olympics but also Asia’s leading hope. A genuinely effervescent young man, Adam has the perfect blend of personality, intelligence and sporting talent that can see him reach global superstardom.