Injured Adam Gemili out of Beijing World Championships

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GB sprinter Adam Gemili has had to pull out of the Beijing World Championships on medical advice. The 21-year-old suffered a hamstring tear after running a 9.97 second 100m at the Sainsbury's Birmingham Grand Prix in June.

Gemili, who was due to be part of Great Britain's 4x100m relay team at the Championships, has not raced since getting injured. He said "I’m disappointed that I can’t be part of the team, but I do understand the decision."

“It will be very hard to watch from the side-lines in Beijing, but I will do anything I can to support the rest of the guys in their final preparations for the championships.”

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said “Whilst Adam has suffered no adverse effects from training following his previous injury, competing is too big a risk based on the latest medical feedback.

“He has made amazing progress and it is a reflection on him that he so wanted to fulfil his commitment to the relay programme. However we have to make difficult calls occasionally and this is the best for him with the Rio Olympics and the London 2017 World Championships on the horizon.

“We’ve got a superb relay squad, and the athletes work so hard together, I can understand him wanting to give every last effort to try and make the team.”