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ADAM Gemili is the World Junior 100 metre Champion. The Blackheath & Bromley athlete won his title in style in Barcelona crossing the line in 10.05s, a new Championship record beating the previous best of 10.09s set by Trinidad‘s Darrel Brown in 2002.
It is the sixth fastest ever by a junior, the quickest ever official time is 10.01s set by Brown in 2003.
He finished over a tenth of a second clear of America’s Aaron Ernest (10.17s) with Jamaica’s Odeon Skeen third in 10.28s.
It is also a new British junior record beating Dwain Chambers previous best by a hundredth of a second and makes him the fourth fastest on the senior all time list.
Not only this, it is also the second fastest time by a European athlete this year and is a new club junior and senior record.
At this rate it seems only a matter of time before he breaks the 10 second barrier for the event.
He was not the fastest out the blocks in the final and the following wind was only 0.1 metre per second.
The 18-year-old certainly believes he can go quicker, but is sensibly keeping his feet on the ground.
Some more impressive sprinting came from Dina Asher Smith in the women's 200m.
Still only an under 17, the John Blackie coached athlete was competing against athletes up to three years older than her.
It didn’t matter though.
She passed through her heat (23.71s) and semi final (23.57s) in style before finishing in seventh place in the final in 23.50s. This is a club U17, U20 and senior record, breaking her previous record by three hundredths of a second.
Being so young, the Newstead Woods schoolgirl will still be eligible to compete in these Championships in two years time.
The third club member in the Great Britain squad Pippa Woolven made the final of the 3,000m metres by finishing fifth in her heat in 10m19.28s.
She qualified as a fastest loser and finished in ninth in the final in 10m27.95s, a fine effort in the hot conditions.
The only disappointment of the weekend was the relays as both the men's and women's teams were disqualified in the final.
Gemili was part of the GB mens team which won their heat in 39.09s but in the final they were disqualified for an infringement on the first changeover.
Asher-Smith did not run in the quartet in the heats as it was close to her 200m, but joined the team for the final.
They did not get the baton round after failing with the third changeover.
It was, however, an unforgettable championship for the trio.
Blackheath & Bromley has a long record of having athletes selected in these championships and gold medal success.
For example, Julian Golding was part of the GB 4x100m team who won gold in 1994 and Dwayne Grant did likewise in 2000.
Gemili now prepares for the 100m and relay at the Olympics while there are other big competitions for Asher-Smith and Woolven.
One of these is the European champion clubs cup for juniors which takes place in Ljubljana in Slovenia in September.
This will be the seventh year in a row that the club’s junior women's team has represented the United Kingdom in this event, a remarkable achievement.
In fact, emphasising the conveyor belt of talent that has emerged from its Norman Park base, the club has already represented the UK 15 times in either the men's or women's competition since 1990.