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Dartford sprinter one of favourites to win 200m final

Adam Gemili at last month's Commonwealth Games Credit: PA

Dartford sprinter Adam Gemili is one of the favourites to win today's 200m final at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich.

The 20-year-old qualified quickest for today's race.

He also set the fastest time in the heats, easily winning his semi-final in 20.23 seconds.

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Gemili makes stunning debut in 200 metres

Great Britain's Adam Gemili after his 200metre final on seven of the 2013 IAAF World Athletics Championships Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Nineteen-year-old Adam** **Gemili wants to emulate Usain Bolt by becoming a global sprint champion after giving another exciting glimpse of his huge potential in the 200 metres final at the World Championships in Moscow.

Gemili might have been at Scunthorpe's Glanford Park rather than the Luzhniki Stadium today, turning out for Dagenham & Redbridge in League Two, had he stuck with the beautiful game.

Instead he was the first Briton in a world 200m final for 10 years, running the second fastest time of his life, 20.08 seconds, to come home fifth. Bolt, unsurprisingly, won the gold in 19.66secs.

He mouthed 'wow' when he was introduced to the crowd before the race, looking around the stadium with his customary wide smile on his face.

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Gemili goes for glory

Adam Gemili is going for World Championship glory tonight, just 18 months after swapping football for a career in sprinting. Only 19, the former Dagenham and Redridge defender will line up in the 200 metres final next to world record holder Usain Bolt in Moscow.

Great Britain's Adam Gemili on the way to winning his 200 metre heat at the 2013 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Gemili goes into the race fresh from a remarkable day in which he became only the second Briton ever to break the 20-second barrier.

Having headed to Russia with a personal best of 20.30 secs, he lowered that to 20.17s before producing a 19.98s semi-final sprint - a time quicker than that managed by Bolt yesterday.

Adam Gemili dips on the line to win his 200 metre semi final Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire