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Adam Gemili aiming to continue UEL gold rush at Commonwealth Games

UEL graduate out to emulate Aimee Willmott's victory in Australia

Former University of East London (UEL) student Adam Gemili is determined to continue the UEL gold rush at the Commonwealth Games following Aimee Willmott’s thrilling victory in the pool on Thursday.

Aimee, 25, outswam Scottish rival Hannah Miley to win the women’s 400 metres individual medley title and set the highest of standards for the rest of the UEL contingent competing at the Games on the Gold Coast of Australia.

Five former students and two current students are flying the flag for UEL Down Under, and track sprinter Adam has a chance to match Aimee’s achievement when he competes in the men’s 100 metres.

The heats and semi-finals take place in the early hours of Sunday morning, UK time, with the final scheduled for 1.15pm on Monday.

Adam, 24, who won 100 metres silver at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games four years ago, was hampered by injury last year and failed to gain selection for an individual event at the World Athletics Championships in London.

He atoned for his disappointment by being part of the victorious British quartet who won gold in the 4 x 100 metres relay, but now he is focused on winning an individual title. 

He said, “People know me as an individual athlete performing on a big stage. Obviously, winning the relay last year was fantastic but the relay is a bonus and athletes should always be looking to compete as an individual first.

“I’m not a young athlete any more. I’m not coming into championships to make up the numbers or fill the lanes. I’m here to win.”

Another member of UEL’s ‘magnificent seven’ in Australia is current advertising student and fellow Team England sprinter Corinne Humphreys, who made her international debut in a breakthrough season last year. She competes in the women’s 100 metres on Sunday and Monday.

Graduate Bianca Williams is also in action on the track for Team England. She competes in the women’s 200 metres – the event in which she won bronze in Glasgow in 2014. 

A close friend of Aimee, Bianca tweeted her delight after seeing her victory in the pool: “Over the moon! That’s my girl. So proud of you!”

Former student Ali Jawad, another bronze medallist in Glasgow, has high hopes of adding to his medal collection when he competes for England in the lightweight powerlifting competition on Tuesday – the same day as graduate Darren Wiafe-Morson represents Montserrat in the long jump.

Completing the UEL line-up is England basketball player Joe Ikhinmwin, who faces a final qualifying match against Cameroon on Sunday after he and his team-mates crushed India 100-54 today (Saturday).

Full upcoming schedule of UEL students and former students at Gold Coast 2018

Adam Gemili
Sun 8 April (am tbc) 100m Heats/Semi-Finals 
Mon 9 April (1.15pm) 100m Final
Fri 13 April (am tbc) 4x100m Relay heats 
Sat 14 April (5.40pm) 4x100m Final 

Corinne Humphreys
Sun 8 April (am tbc) 100m Heats/Semi-Finals 
Mon 9 April (12.50pm) 100m Final 
Fri 13 April (am tbc) 4x100m Heats 
Sat 14 April (5.57am) 4x100m Final 

Joe Ikhinmwin
Sun 8 April (5.00am) Cameroon v England 

Ali Jawad 
Tues 10 April (1.45am) Men’s Lightweight Final 
Darren Wiafe-Morson
Tues 10 April (2.30am) Men’s Long Jump Qualifying Rounds 
Wed 11 April (11.32am) Men’s Long Jump Final 

Bianca Williams
Tues 10 April (am tbc) 200m Heats 
Wed 11 April (am tbc) 200m Semi-Finals 
Thurs 12 April (12.38pm) 200m Final 
Fri 13 April (am tbc) 4x100m Heats 
Sat 14 April (5.57am) 4x100m Final 

Aimee Willmott
Mon 9 April (am tbc) 200m Butterfly Heats 
Mon 9 April (12.28pm) 200m Butterfly Final 
Sun 8 April (am tbc) 200m Individual Medley Heats 
Sun 8 April (12.24pm) 200m Individual Medley Final 
Sat 7 April (12.50pm) 4x200m Freestyle Relay Final