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Dina Asher-Smith takes World Championship bronze as Adam Gemili suffers medal ‘heartbreak’

PUBLISHED: 09:43 19 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:43 19 August 2013

Adam Gemili described the medal loss as 'heartbreaking' on Twitter.

Adam Gemili described the medal loss as 'heartbreaking' on Twitter.

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Great Britain’s youngest squad member, Dina Asher-Smith, scooped a bronze medal in the 4x100m at the World Championships on Sunday.

Ashleigh Nelson, Hayley Jones, Dina Asher-Smith and Annabelle Lewis react after coming fourth in the Women's 4x100m relay final.Ashleigh Nelson, Hayley Jones, Dina Asher-Smith and Annabelle Lewis react after coming fourth in the Women's 4x100m relay final.

The Blackheath & Bromley Harrier ran the opening leg in the Moscow final, as the team finished fourth - but were handed a place on the podium when France were disqualified for a bad baton change.

However, Dina and her fellow sprinters, Ashleigh Nelson, Annabelle Lewis and Hayley Jones had to wait until after the medal ceremony to find out they had been successful in their appeal against the French.

Speaking to the BBC, Dina said: “It means so much to us. I’m over the moon, it’s such a shock.”

It was a reverse of fortunes for the men, including Adam Gemili, as they were disqualified from the 4x100m after another poor baton change.

Gemili opened the race, but Harry Aikines-Aryeetey failed to hand James Ellington the baton within the designated area - resulting in the team losing their bronze medal place.

Jamaica took the gold, with Usain Bolt leading the final leg with consummate ease.

Speaking on Twitter after the race, Gemili said: “To be so close to receiving a medal and have it taken away is heartbreaking.

“As a team we will pick ourselves up and carry on until we get it right. Onwards and upwards!”


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