Dartford’s Adam Gemili to captain Team GB squad in Rio

PUBLISHED: 15:24 04 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:24 04 August 2016

Adam Gemili

Adam Gemili


The 200m sprinter will captain the athletics squad

Dartford’s Olympic sprinter Adam Gemili has been announced as the team captain for Team GB’s athletics squad.

The former Blackheath and Bromley harriers runner will line up in Rio in the men’s 200m as well as the men’s 4x100m relay.

At 18, Gemili, made it to the men’s 100m semi final at London 2012.

Now the former Dartford Grammar school student has accepted the honour, ahead of the Olympic ceremony on Friday night.

The 22-year-old said: “It was a real honour to be asked and I wasn’t sure at first whether to accept because I knew there were others in the team who had more experience.

“But I am so proud to be here, I love my sport and what I’ve experienced in the last few years and I’ll always do my best to perform well and support my team mates in whatever they do too.

“If a captain is measured by any of these things then I know I can give it a real go.

“I am so grateful that I’ve been on teams with so many great athletes and staff and how they’ve helped me to learn what I do over the last few years. I’ll be thinking of what they’ve done for me and use this as a way of saying thank you.”

Neil Black is the team leader for the athletics squad.

He said: “It’s rare that an athlete should have such widespread respect at such a young age, but his conduct, performance credentials and ability to unite people is one of the best I’ve ever seen in all my time working in athletics.

“He is a world class athlete, professional, respectful and a great ambassador for the sport. The captaincy for an Olympic Games is an honour and it’s one that Adam truly deserves.”

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