Last Updated: 13/07/12 4:23pm
Adam Gemili: managed a championship record and a personal best in the final
Adam Gemili clocked a time of 10.05seconds to take victory in the final of the 100 metres at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona.
The British sprinter managed a championship record and a personal best, his time 0.12secs quicker than Aaron Ernest from the United States.
Jamaica's Odean Skeen came third in a time of 10.28secs to round out the podium while Gemili's British team-mate Chijindu Ujah finished sixth in a personal best time of 10.39secs.
Gemili, who has been selected for the 100m and 4x100m at the Olympics, had earlier ran 10.18secs in the semi-final.
Christian Malcolm in 1998, Mark Lewis-Francis two years later and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey in 2005 have all matched Gemili's feat.
But much is expected of the youngster, who beat his previous best of 10.08secs in Germany last month with a phenomenal run in the same Montjuic Stadium that Linford Christie won gold at the 1992 Olympics.
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"I want to thank my mum, my dad, my sister, my coach, my training group and the whole of the GB team, the support they have given me is amazing, especially in the last few days," he told www.uka.org.uk.
"I just told myself to stay relaxed and stay focused. I am not going to lie, I was nervous before the race, it's a World Junior final, it's in this stadium in Barcelona, how can you not be nervous?
"But you need to use your nerves in a good way, try to use them to help you run and I did it.
"This is a massive stepping stone for the Olympics. If I had only made the final, it would have been a great achievement, to win makes it huge."
Christophe Lemaitre is the only European athlete to beat Gemili's time this year, with the Frenchman running 10.04secs in Rome in May.
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