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Adam Gemili's Biography

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Who is Adam Gemili?

Adam Gemili was born on 6 October 1993 in England.

Gemili is of Moroccan-Iranian descent. He was educated at Dartford Grammar School and then went to University in east London.

Before becoming an athlete, Adam Gemili played on loan from Dagenham & Redbridge for Thurrock and had been on Chelsea's books as a schoolboy in their youth academy.

However, his career veered towards athletics after winning silver at the European Junior Championships in 2011.

The following year, he won world junior 100m gold and then reached the semi-finals of the London Olympic Games.

In 2013, Adam Gemili ran the second fastest time ever by a Briton over the 200m when he qualified for the 2013 World Championships.

In June 2015 he became the only British athlete to go under 10 seconds for the 100m (running 9.97 seconds) and sub 20 seconds in the 200m, however he ruptured a hamstring which meant he missed the rest of the season.

Nevertheless, Gemili qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Gemili came fourth in the 200 metres at Rio, missing out on a medal by just three thousandths of a second.

Adam Gemili was part of the 4 x 100m gold medal winning Brtish team at the 2017 Athletics World Championships in London.

In 2020, he joined the board of a new independent body the Athletics Association.

In August 2020, Adam Gemili won the men's 200m with a time of 20.61 seconds at the Diamond League in Stockholm.

In the Tokyo Olympics, originally scheduled for 2020, but taking place in 2021, Adam Gemili's hopes of a medal were dashed when he pulled up injured in the heats of the 200m.

In July 2022, Adam Gemili failed to qualify for the 200m semi-finals at the World Championships.

He later revealed that he considered giving up athletics and going back to football.

He has an A in GCSE Japanese.

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