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Commonwealth Games 2018: Gemili defies 'injury scare'

PUBLISHED: 16:10 08 April 2018

England's Adam Gemili (centre) competes in the 100m semi-finals alongside Canda's Gavin Smellie (right) and Australia's Trae Williams (pic Mike Egerton/PA)

England's Adam Gemili (centre) competes in the 100m semi-finals alongside Canda's Gavin Smellie (right) and Australia's Trae Williams (pic Mike Egerton/PA)

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England’s Adam Gemili played down injury fears after he reached the Commonwealth Games 100m final.

The 24-year-old qualified in the semi-final behind former world champion Yohan Blake in 10.11 seconds on Sunday.

The former UEL student revealed he was carrying an adductor problem for the last few days but remains confident it will not harm his bid for victory following the opening day of the athletics at the Gold Coast’s Carrara Stadium.

Gemili, who won his heat, said: “I had a bit of an adductor injury a few day ago and I did feel it a little in the semi-final. I’ll go and see the physio and rest up and get it ready.

“No, it won’t bother me. It’s 100m, I’ll put my body there and run as best as I can. I leave everything on the track.

“The start wasn’t as good as I’d like it to be, I left myself a lot of work. Yohan is a former world champion so everyone is pinning him as the favourite but anything can happen. One mistake in the 100m and it’s game over.”

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey missed out but Newham & Essex Beagles’ Asha Philip did reach the women’s final although UEL’s Corinne Humphreys failed to get past the semi-final.

European Indoor champion Philip ran 11.21 seconds in the semi-final after winning her heat.

She said: “I’m happy with it, I’ve reached the final but that’s all I really wanted. It’s a great run for everyone to start their season. I’m happy to be here, it’s like a training camp as well as my first race.

“A medal is up for grabs, I feel if I can keep my composure and do what I did in the semi I’ll be fine.”

Nick Miller won gold in the hammer in a British and Commonwealth record as he upgraded his silver from Glasgow 2014.

The 24-year-old threw 80.26 metres – the first time a British athlete has thrown over 80m in the hammer – as Woodford Green’s Mark Dry won bronze for Scotland.

“It is the result of a lot of hard work between me and my coach. It has all paid off in the end,” said Miller.

“It is just incredible to win the gold; it is such a special moment for me as my family are in the crowd; they will be more pleased that I threw over 80m.”

It was a disastrous afternoon for Matt Hudson-Smith after he was disqualified from his 400m heat, after winning in 45.57 seconds, for stepping out of his lane.

Newham & Essex Beagles Rabah Yousif and England team-mate Dwayne Cowan did make the semi finals while Tom Bosworth won England’s first athletics medal when he finished second in the 20k race walk.

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