Former student Adam Gemili wins gold at World Athletics Championships
The 2015 UEL graduate was part of the successful GB 4x100m team
Former University of East London (UEL) Sports Scholar Adam Gemili said he had fulfilled a dream after he and his GB team-mates raced to a 4x100 metres relay gold medal at the London 2017 World Athletics Championships.
The British quartet defeated the American favourites with a lightning-quick time of 37.47 seconds – a European record and the third fastest time in history. It also brought Britain’s first ever world 4x100m relay gold.
Running the second leg, Gemili produced a brilliant turn of pace to accelerate away from his rivals and give Britain the lead at the halfway point. The team maintained their advantage all the way to the finish line, taking gold ahead of the United States with Japan third.
Sprint icon Usain Bolt ran the final leg for Jamaica but pulled up injured ten metres from the finish line with an attack of cramp in his last ever race. By that stage, Jamaica were already well out of contention.
Afterwards, Adam said, “To come out and become world champions in front of a home crowd is something you dream of.
"The dream is now a reality and I am so lucky and grateful to be involved in this team.”
The victory helped make up for the disappointment Adam felt after he was hampered by an injury at the World Championships trials and missed out on selection for the individual sprint events.
Adam, who graduated from UEL in 2015 with a degree in sport and exercise science, was part of a four-strong UEL contingent involved at the World Championships.
Bianca Williams, who graduated in 2016, made it through to the semi-finals of the 200m, while current student Shannon Hylton also competed in the 200m but missed out on a place in the semi-finals by just one hundredth of a second.
Fellow UEL student Corrine Humphrey was part of the women’s 4x100m relay squad, although she was kept in reserve and did not compete on the track.
She will have the chance to show off her speed later this month when she competes for Britain in the 100m at the World University Summer Games in Chinese Taipei.