Britain's Adam Gemili finished third in the 100m in his first ever Diamond League meet in Rome in a season's best time of 10.07 seconds.

Gemili, who shot to fame when he ran under 20 seconds for the 200m at last year's World Championships, finished strongly to finish behind Nesta Carter and Justin Gatlin, with fellow British athlete Richard Kilty in ninth.

The American, who has won every Diamond League race this season, was never really troubled as he stormed to the win in a time of 9.91, but Gemili was happy with third, even if he didn't get under the magic 10-second barrier.

"It's always in every sprinter's sights to get that 10-second barrier," he told BBC Sport. "It will come eventually."

The 20-year-old was bidding to become the first Brit in history to break the respective 10 and 20-second marks, but nonetheless is happy with the progress he is making after a 10.08 run in Bedford last weekend.

"It was my first proper international race and I did well. I have progressed from last week and hopefully I will get quicker and quicker as the season goes on."

If Gemili can achieve that, then he will surely earn himself a place in Team GB for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this summer.

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