Adam Gemili heads shortlist for Rising Star awards

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Adam Gemili heads a five-strong list of British athletes nominated for the European Athletics Golden Tracks Rising Star awards.

20-year-old Gemili won his first senior title in the summer when he powered to victory in the 200 metres at the European Championships in Zurich.

That win followed on from the 100m silver medal he won in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and was followed up when Gemili anchored Great Britain to 4X100m relay gold in the European's.

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Matthew Hudson-Smith is the other athlete nominated for the male Rising Star award. The 400m runner burst onto the scene with a silver medal in the individual event at the European Championships, before helping his quartet to relay glory a few days later.


The three British women nominated are heptathletes Morgan Lake and Katarina Johnson-Thompson, along with sprinter Dina Asher-Smith.

Lake, 17, was the star performer at the World Junior Championships winning gold in the high jump and the multi-event.

Her fellow heptathlon star, Johnson-Thompson, suffered with injuries in the latter half of the season but her start to the year was enough to get nominated for the award.

After setting an indoor British record in the high jump of 1.92m in February, the Liverpudlian then won long jump silver at the world indoor championships, before setting her personal best in the event in the summer.

Asher-Smith, meanwhile, won the world junior 100m title in Eugene, and was part of the very successful relay squads in the summer.

The voting closes on October 3. 

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