Gemili excited as first full winter of training looms large

Adam Gemili has gone from not expecting to travel to Stratford this summer to now going there every day and he's adamant his ever-changing lifestyle is a positive and not a negative.

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Britain's Adam Gemili reacts the men's 4x100m relay round 1 heat at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 10, 2012. (Reuters)

Gemili completed a remarkable summer by reaching the 100m semi-finals at London 2012, less than a month after winning world junior gold and another month after becoming the fastest Brit of the year so far.

It could have easily been capped by an appearance in the Olympic final with Gemili missing out by 0.04seconds while Dwain Chambers also narrowly failed to advance but did out rightly become British No.1.

Chambers beat Gemili at the Olympic trials at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium, while his time of 10.02 in the heats at London 2012 was 0.03 quicker than what the 19-year-old hit on the way to world junior gold.

Gemili readily admits that the Olympics weren't even in the picture until a discussion with coach Michael Afilaka before Christmas; on loan at non-League Thurrock a football career was more likely.

But now he is regularly travelling to the Olympic borough of Stratford after enrolling in a course to study sports and exercise science with human biology at the University of East London.

And, with a first full winter of training looming large, Gemili, who won European junior silver in 2011, admits he is excited about what he can go on to achieve.

"It's very strange going to Stratford every day and thinking to myself 'I was running there just a few weeks ago'," said Gemili.

"The Olympics just seems like a dream now. The area has so many good memories for me so it's nice to have a reminder of that all the time.

"I had a meeting with my coach last week to look over the season and reflect on how everything went. I know there is still lots I can do to improve so we will be working hard on that over the winter.

"The uni are being great - they are really flexible and have tried to do everything they can to help me fit everything in.

"It's nice to think I haven't had a full year of training in the sport. After a full winter getting ready, I can't wait to see what I can do next year."

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