Rio 2016: Gemili edges into 200m final
PUBLISHED: 09:30 18 August 2016
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Mitchell-Blake misses out
Adam Gemili booked his place in the 200m final, after finishing third in his semi-final heat behind 100m gold and bronze medalists Usain Bolt and Andre de Grasse.
Gemili’s time of 20.08 seconds was one-hundredth off his season’s best and enough to see him progress as one of the two fastest losers, with 100m silver medalist Justin Gatlin and Yohan Blake missing out.
“I’m through and hopefully I can get myself in the mix because there were some big names that went out,” said University of East London graduate Gemili.
“It was a tough watch waiting for that last heat, but I’m happy to make the final. I thought I ran a good bend, coming off level, but then I started tightening up really badly. As the other guys got into their running I didn’t.
Team GB’s Daniel Talbot set a new personal best in heat one, stopping the clock at 20.25, to finish third and occupy the fastest loser spot, until Gemili’s faster heat saw both he and Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev go through.
In the third heat, Newham & Essex Beagles’ Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake also recorded 20.25 to finish fifth, ahead of Jamaican Blake.
“It was a tough watch waiting for that last heat but I’m happy to make the final. It’s always open as long as you run your own race and that’s something I didn’t do there,” added Gemili, who reached the semi-finals of the 100m at the London 2012 Games after choosing athletics over football, having been on the books at Dagenham & Redbridge.
“I’m in a lot better shape than 20.08, so I’m disappointed seeing that. But that’s a good thing, I suppose, not being satisfied with that.
“I probably won’t get the best lane in the final but I’ll make it work.”
The men’s 200m final is due to take place at 2.30am on Friday morning (BST).