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        Disappointment and encouragement in Rio

        In the Olympics in Rio
        Blackheath and British fans
        finally had their chance to
        witness two of the Nation’s
        rising track stars make
        their mark on the greatest
        sporting stage of all. Dina
        Asher Smith in her first
        Olympics at age 20; and in
        the mens 200 final and up
        against Usain Bolt, Adam
        Gemili Captain of the Team
        GB athletics squad, and
        already a veteran of the 2012
        Unfortunately he was edged   Adam Gemili planned to start conservatively and then rely on a fast finish.
        out into fourth place by
        a margin of 3/1000s of a   Going into that final he had   20.12, only for the Frenchman
        second by France’s Christophe   sat down with coach Steve   to claim the bronze medal in a
        Lemaitre as Andre De Grasse   Fudge and planned to start   photo finish.
        finished second behind the   conservatively and then rely   Reflecting on his desperate
        unassailable Bolt. Gemili   on a fast finish.   dip for the line, Gemili said:
        confessed: “I am heartbroken.   Gemili trailed in seventh   “I thought it was close. I knew
        I put so much into that run   place as he came off the bend   I was in the mix but it is hard
        and getting so close at the   in his tight inside lane, but   to tell. Lemaitre was on the
        end I am absolutely gutted. I   finished strongly and then   other side of the track so I
        was on the inside, I knew Bolt   dipped for the line in textbook   couldn’t tell what happened.
        would go and a lot of others   fashion, along with France’s   It is probably the worst way
        would try and go with him.”  Christophe Lemaitre and   to go out when you finish in
                                           Churandy     fourth. When it’s down to
                                           Martina of the   thousandths of a second it is
                                           Netherlands.   hard to take.”
                                           Martina was   At his post race interview an
                                           clocked at   emotional Gemili said “I knew
                                           20.13, but   it was me but I saw his name
                                           Gemili and   come up and I just fell to the
                                           Lemaitre     floor. I gave it so much and
                                           recorded the   I know I can run faster but
                                           same time of
                                                        today is not about the times, it
                                                        is about medals.”
                                           Adam Gemili...
                                           out of the medals   However he recovered and
                                           by 3/1000s of a   running last in the final of the
                                           second.      4x100m relay Adam anchored
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