Search

London 2012: Team GB sprint trio’s final hopes dashed

21:16 05 August 2012

Great Britain sprinter Adam Gemili

Great Britain sprinter Adam Gemili's Olympic campaign is over after he finished third in his 100m semi-final

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Gemili, Chambers and Dasaolu all knocked out of competition in their 100m semi-finals

Support your community by viewing your local businesses

Please wait

You will be able to read the article in 5 seconds

Thank you for supporting your local community

You may now read the article

Britain’s male 100m sprinters all saw their Olympic Games come to an end this evening in the semi-finals.

Youngster Adam Gemili saw his final hopes dashed as he finished third in his heat, which was won by Jamaican Yohan Blake in a time of 9.85 seconds.

The Barking & Dagenham College student’s time of 10.06 wasn’t enough for the Blackheath & Bromley Harrier to go through as a fastest loser, as the 18-year-old missed out by 0.04 seconds.

“I am disappointed because I have been working really hard with my coach to try and get a good start but I wasn’t there tonight,” said Gemili.

“I am happy with 10.06 though and the little fraction at the start cost me a lot.

“I was immediately behind. I had to try and maintain my form and I came third in the semi-final of the Olympics and that is great.

“I only started the sport properly in January and I am very pleased with how I came here and showed what I can do.

“I can get better and better.”

Dwain Chambers’ Olympic campaign was also brought to an end in a semi-final involving reigning champion Usain Bolt.

Belgrave Harrier Chambers finished in a time of 10.05, but the race was won by Bolt, who eased over the line in a time of 9.87.

“These 10.0’s are getting on my nerves,” joked Chambers.

“I wanted to get to the final but I am just happy to be here.

“I am gutted deep down, but you can’t have it all.

“It was worth all the hard work and heartache to get here, though. Money can’t buy this feeling.”

Meanwhile, James Dasaolu’s Games ended as he came seventh in the first heat of the 100m semi-finals.

The Croydon man’s time of 10.18 in lane nine was not quick enough in a heat that Justin Gatlin won in 9.82, with Asafa Powell in second place.

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 22:35
Manchester United's Robin Van Persie (left) and Arsenal's Mikel Arteta (right) battle for the ball

Captain Mikel Arteta is adamant that Arsenal’s first home Premier League defeat in more than a year was thoroughly undeserved.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Arsenal's Jack Wilshere reacts after suffering an injury during the game against Manchester United

Arsenal 1 Manchester Utd 2

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Left to right: Zak Chelli Sr (coach), Yahia Chelli, Zak Chelli, Tony Lucas (coach)

Times ABC coach Tony Lucas hopes the Chelli brothers can put the club “back on the map” with success at this weekend’s prestigious King of the Ring tournament.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The Yerbury School squad, who won the Islington Schools Swimming Gala for the second year running

Yerbury were crowned borough champions for the second year running in the Islington Schools’ Swimming Gala at Ironmonger Row baths.

Most read sport

The final GP in the UAE may not have been a thriller, but it did kind of sum up the season for a lot of drivers.

Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition