UEL's pride as Adam Gemili wins Games silver

By Rob Virtue on July 29, 2014 10:19 AM |

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Sprinter Adam Gemili secured his first major senior medal with a silver at the Commonwealth Games on Monday night.

The 20-year-old student at the University of East London came in just behind Jamaica's Kemar Bailey-Cole in the final.

The Brit, who was representing England in the race, was the pride of the Newham-based university after his success in Glasgow as it took to Twitter to praise the rising star.

Afterwards the footballer-turned-runner said: "My first time representing England - I'm so happy. That's something I'm never going to forget in my life.

"It's not about times, it's about position. The times will eventually come. This is just a stepping-stone for the European Championships and then the Olympics in Rio."

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He followed weightlifter Zoe Smith's success at the weekend. The 20-year-old from Greenwich won the women's 58kg title on Saturday, lifting 118kg.

"I have done 118kg before," she said. "I knew I could do it, but doing it on the day is a completely different situation altogether.

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Meanwhile, Gemma Gibbons, also from Greenwich, had to settle for silver in Glasgow.

The 27-year-old lost out to Natalie Powell in their judo final.

Another competitor making strides in Glasgow is a Newham council worker who has made it to the triple jump finals .

Chioma Matthews, 33, from Stratford finished 10th in qualifying with her longest leap of 13.14 metres.

She won Commonwealth bronze in netball in 2006 in Melbourne, and is hoping for more success in tomorrow's final.


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