Athletics

Adam Gemili clocks season best in Rome Diamond League

Adam Gemili comes home third in Rome behind Justin Gatlin and Nesta Carter
Adam Gemili comes home third in Rome behind Justin Gatlin and Nesta Carter.

British speedster Adam Gemili clocked his fastest time of the season when he came home third at the Diamond League meeting in Rome last night.

Gemili, the 2012 World Junior Champion at the distance, crossed the line in 10.07 seconds behind 2004 Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin 9.91 and Jamaica’s Nesta Carter, 10.02.

The Londoner, who represents the Blackheath and Bromley Harrier club, registered a 10.08 last week at the Bedford International Games and the fact that he managed to go quicker ahead of his season focus, the Commonwealth Games, appeared to be a satisfying result, although he is still looking to go under the 10-second barrier.

In an interview with BBC Sport after the race, Gemili stressed, "It's always in every sprinter's sights to get that 10-second barrier. It will come eventually,"

The former Chelsea and Reading youth footballer went on to say, "It was my first proper international race and I did well," the former footballer told BBC Sport.

"I have progressed from last week and hopefully I will get quicker and quicker as the season goes on.”

Race winner Justin Gatlin has been in sparkling form this season with wins in Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing and Eugene, setting a seasons best of 9.78 in Beijing and last nights win kept his perfect record for the season intact.

Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce continued her bad start to the season when she came home eighth in the ladies 100 meters, long jump specialist Tori Bowie upstaging the world champion with a personal best 11.05.

World 400m champion LaShawn Merritt cruised to victory in 44.48 while Jamaican Kaliese Spencer registered a world best in the 400 meters hurdles this year cursing to victory in a time of 53.97.

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