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Gemili hoping to beat Bolt
Gemili hoping to beat Bolt

Kent’s Adam Gemili is hoping he has one last shot at beating Usain Bolt in a competition this summer.

Almost three months to the day until the World Championships in Athletics begin, perhaps Adam Gemili’s best opportunity to win a medal in his home town on the international stage.

He’s hoping to be competing against Usain Bolt in his final race before retirement.

“I feel very lucky that I’ve been a part of his era of sprinting and get to know him and racing him quite a few times now.”

“He’s a phenomenal athlete. He’s brought so much to the sport and he’s brought so many fans in and has really put us on a different platform.”

“You have to believe you can beat anyone you’re racing against. If you go into a race and you don’t believe you can beat them then you’re never going to.”

“Mentally I always believe I’m going to win every race I go into. And he (Usain Bolt) is beatable. He’s been beaten before. He has to be having a bit of an off day but it’s do-able.”

Gemili took his first senior title, winning the 200m at the 2014 European Championships and was agonisingly close to bronze at Rio 2016 in the 200m missing out by six-thousandths of a second.

“To me it was heartbreaking to just miss an Olympic medal. You realise why those medals mean so much because the best guys in the world can perform when it matters. I really feel I should have done much more in Rio.”

“So I’ve made a change in my whole setup. I now train out in the Netherlands with an amazing group of athletes and I’ve learned so much.”

He’s come a long way since he first burst onto the scene at the junior championships in Barcelona. As an 18-year-old fresh out of Chelsea Football Club’s Academy.

Five years later he hopes home field advantage gives him the edge.

“To be back in London, it’s my favourite city in the world – there’s no better place and the crowd will always get behind us.”

Whatever happens it will be a memorable summer of athletics and Gemili hopes a golden one too.

Adam Gemili will go for 200m glory in Session 9 of the IAAF World Championships on August 10th.

It is currently among the top three best selling sessions but tickets are still available for what is set to be one of the most exciting races for British sprint fans this summer.

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