Tokyo Olympics: Adam Gemili's heartbreaking interview after 200m withdrawal

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There was heartbreak again for the Team GB sprinters at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as Adam Gemili picked up a serious hamstring injury in the warm-up, causing him to take two minutes limping through his 200m heat.

When Gemili spoke to BBC Sport post-injury, the pain and upset was evident.

He said: “It’s just the worst feeling in the world. Literally my last block before I went into the call room and I just felt my hamstring just…”

The Brit then paused and took a deep breath as the emotions understandably took over him.

He followed: “I just felt my hamstring go and I’m in so much pain. I said just strap it up and let me go out there, at least try, because you have to try and… yeah.

“I can’t believe it, I just can’t believe this has happened.. I was ready to go out there and win, try and get a medal, at least a PB.”

The interview makes for distressing footage as Gemili looks distraught throughout and clearly still trying to recover from both the injury and event.

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At Rio 2016, the sprinter missed out on a bronze medal by three thousandths of a second, and would have entered the Tokyo Olympics with everything to play for and prove, and it now seems as though he will not get the chance this time around.

A torn hamstring is one of the more serious injuries for athletes which will need time to allow recovery before they attempt to run again.

Dina Asher-Smith, who was a likely contender to win a medal in the 100m and 200m, tore a hamstring just five weeks before the Games began, yet recovered for the 100m semi-finals, before withdrawing from the 200m.

Another Team GB sprinter Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake also failed to get out of his 200m heat and said that he would “ask for more from myself in the future.”

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With the sprinters representing Team GB not having the best of luck so far in the competition, hopefully they can pull together for the remaining days to conjure up a result in the difficult circumstances they’re facing.

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