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Commonwealth Games: Gemili wants more solo success

PUBLISHED: 14:30 05 April 2018

Adam Gemili celebrates winning 4x100m relay gold at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium (pic Adam Davy/PA)

Adam Gemili celebrates winning 4x100m relay gold at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium (pic Adam Davy/PA)

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England’s Adam Gemili is ready to return as a solo star at the Commonwealth Games.

The sprinter wants to remind the world of his talents on the Gold Coast after last year’s individual disappointment.

He was left out of the individual events at the World Championships but still helped the 4x100m relay squad to a thrilling gold medal in London.

And with the European Championships in Berlin in his sights, Gemili is eager to return to the podium himself.

He said: “After what happened last year it’s massively important to put down a marker. I’ve done OK individually in my career so far and last year was the first year I failed to do that.

“It was a tough time for me. But I’m in a good place now. It’s only April and the plan is to peak for the Europeans, but I want to get some good competition out here.

“People know me as an individual athlete performing on a big stage. Obviously winning the relay last year was fantastic but the relay is a bonus and athletes should always be looking to compete as an individual first.”

Former UEL student Gemili – who played football for Dagenham & Redbridge before switching to athletics – will compete in the 100m and 4x100m relay at the Carrara Stadium next week, having collected two silver medals in the events in Glasgow four years ago.

The 24-year-old’s only major individual title came in the 200m at the 2014 European Championships, and he knows the importance of victory in Australia.

He said: “I’m not a young athlete any more. I’m not coming into championships to make up the numbers or fill the lanes. I’m here to get a medal. I’m here to win. If I can execute my races fully there is no reason why I can’t do it.

“I’m looking to go out there and win. It’s not about making the final, you have to be challenging for medals in your career.

“That’s what you are judged on. I’m old enough and experienced enough now and have that belief in myself that I should be doing that. As a junior you go to championships and if you do well it’s a bonus.

“You never really expect that but as a senior athlete and someone who has now been to a lot of major championships, I do feel like an elder statesman in the team.”

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