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.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the line to win Gold in the Men's 200m Final on day eight of the 2013 IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Former Dartford schoolboy, Adam Gemili was 5th.
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.
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.
Dartford's Adam Gemili has won the World Junior 100 metres title. The 18-year-old, who is the youngest athlete in Team GB’s London 2012 squad, clocked a personal best 10.05 secs at the Montjuic Stadium in Barcelona to set a Championship record.