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Gemili to use Commonwealth success as springboard

Adam Gemili has told ITV News he hopes to use his Commonwealth silver medal as a springboard to challenge the Jamaican and American sprinters at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

"The Jamaicans and the Americans have always been levels ahead of everyone and I think they still are.... but we are getting there eventually," the 100m silver-medallist said.

The 20-year-old admitted he was "overwhelmed by emotion" at winning his first major senior medal of his career in front of a raucous crowd at Hampden Park.

Watch the moment England's Adam Gemili won 100m silver

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Dartford's Adam Gemili through to 100m final

England and Dartford's Adam Gemili threw down a challenge to his rivals by blasting into the100 metres final at the Commonwealth Games.

The 20-year-old was sluggish out of the blocks, but he was quickly into his running and came through powerfully to clock 10.07 seconds.

Welcomed by a huge roar from the packed crowd on a warm evening at Hampden Park, the former footballer was the second fastest qualifier behind the impressive Jamaican Kemar Bailey-Cole.

I made it a bit harder for myself with the start I had, but I came through."

– Adam Gemili

Saints FC 'determined to keep best players' despite move

Southampton FC Director has announced that the club remains determined to keep their best young players despite the recent signings from their youth academy.

Calum Chambers has made a £19m move from Southampton to Arsenal Football Club today.

We are naturally disappointed whenever any of our Academy graduates leave the club, and that is very much the case with Calum’s departure.

“Calum made it clear to us that he did not see his future at Southampton. As such, it was crucial that we were able to negotiate a substantial fee that also reflects the work our staff have put into Calum’s development since he joined the club at the age of eight.

“Our position remains unchanged in that we are determined to keep our best young players at the club, as is evidenced by the decision to award Harrison Reed a new long-term contract last week, adding to the list of committed young professionals like James Ward Prowse, Sam Gallagher, Jack Stephens, Jordan Turnbull, Matt Targett, Sam McQueen and others who have seen plenty of first-team activity recently.

“We have an abundance of talent in the Academy coming through, and everybody at the club is continuing to work hard on bringing in quality new players as we build a team capable of taking us further forward in the coming seasons.

“It is important in the transfer window to remain calm, resilient and above all patient. We have targets, and we are working hard to get them across the line.”

– Executive Director Les Reed, Southampton Football Club

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Chambers thanks Saints as he moves to Arsenal

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I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to everyone at @southamptonfc for everything they have done & for making this possible.

Southampton player Calum Chambers has announced he is joining Arsenal Football Club as part of a £16m deal.

The Saints player will join the London club in the new year as a right-back or centre-back.

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I'm looking forward to joining up with my new team mates today & beginning preparation for the season ahead. Thanks for all your messages.

Chambers makes £16m move to Arsenal

A Southampton FC player has been signed by Arsenal as part of a £16m deal.

It follows the move of Southampton FC manager and other star players such as Luke Shaw from the club.

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Calum Chambers has been signed for the London club for £19m Credit: PA Wire

19-year-old Calum Chambers has signed for Arsenal Football Club where he will play in a more prominent role.

Newbury optician cheers on son in Commonwealth

A man from Newbury is cheering on his son as he competes in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Jack Alexander will be taking after his dad Gary as he takes part in shooting for the England squad.

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22-year-old Jack has been shooting since he was eight years old Credit: Specsavers

Gary Alexander has represented Northern Ireland in previous years and many of the international shooting competitors are patients of his.

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Jack was selected to represent Northern Ireland this year in the Commonwealth Games Credit: Specsavers

I’m so proud of Jack for having the opportunity to represent Northern Ireland this year – he’s a natural shot.

"Although I might prefer to be shooting in the competition, I’ll be supporting Jack as the team manager and will be at hand to help him and other competitors with their eye care. I always carry around an eye kit just in case there’s a problem. It’s vital that shooters in particular take care of their eyes as a lot of the final shot targets are 1,000 yards away."

– Gary Alexander, Alex's dad

Commonwealth Games ; Kent's Adam Gemili records fastest time in the men's 100m heats

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Gemili after today's heat Credit: PA

Dartford's Adam Gemili recorded the fastest time in the men's 100m heats to qualify for Monday's semi-finals.

The 20-year-old won his race by a distance in 10.15 seconds, 0.10 secs slower than his personal best.

He is joined in the semis by compatriots Richard Kilty, who had a dead heat for second in his race, and fastest loser Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.

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The Dartford 20 year old qualified fastest Credit: PA
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