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Bromley & Blackheath Harrier Adam Gemili qualifies for World Championships with 200m gold

PUBLISHED: 10:48 17 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:48 17 June 2013

Adam Gemili (centre) qualified for the World Championships in Moscow with his impressive 200m display in Bedford.

Adam Gemili (centre) qualified for the World Championships in Moscow with his impressive 200m display in Bedford.

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Sprinter Adam Gemili posted the fastest 200m by a British man in the past five years at the England Under-20 and Under-23 Championships on Sunday.

The Blackheath and Bromley Harrier won the race in 20.30 seconds, his lifetime best and better than Christian Malcolm’s championship record that had stood for 15 years.

His time qualifies him for the World Championships in Moscow this August with 0.22 seconds to spare.

This was Gemili’s first competetive 200m of the year and came after six rounds of races over two days, in which he claimed the Under-23 100m and 200m golds.

He won his 100m gold in just 10.09 seconds, though an illegal tailwind means it will not count for record purposes.

Gemili will now have to decide whether his stamina can withstand both the 100m and 200m in Russia, though he will have the chance to test himself at the European Under-23 Championship in Finland next month.

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