Gemili's rapid rise continues
Adam Gemili is going for World Championship glory on Saturday night, just 18 months after swapping football for a career in sprinting.
Only 19, the former Dagenham and Redridge defender will line up in the 200 metres final next to world record holder Usain Bolt in Moscow.
Gemili goes into the race fresh from a remarkable day in which he became only the second Briton ever to break the 20-second barrier.
Having headed to Russia with a personal best of 20.30 secs, he lowered that to 20.17s before producing a 19.98s semi-final sprint - a time quicker than that managed by Bolt yesterday.
"Every athlete comes here to put themselves in a final," Gemili said. "Anything can happen in a final, as we know from previous world champs.
"I am going to go out there and execute. If I go out there and run how I know I can run, then you never know.
"I don't see why I couldn't get a medal but that is not be the main aim going in. The aim is just to go out and execute."
Only John Regis has gone faster than the teenager, who could have been lining up at Scunthorpe this afternoon instead of the 200m final.
On yesterday's form, there looks a real chance of Gemili challenging for a medal - but wrestling gold away from Bolt, winner over 200m at the previous two Olympics and World Championships, would take something remarkable.
"I am happy I qualified for the final," the Jamaican said.
"I am looking forward to seeing how fast I can go in the final. I want to defend my title.
"I need a good day's rest and I will go the fastest I can go. I'm feeling all right. I just want to get it done pretty much."
The men's 200m is one of seven events decided on the penultimate day in Moscow, with Britain's Tiffany Porter hoping to progress to this evening's 100m hurdles final.
The 25-year-old is an outside bet for a medal, but looked very impressive in qualifying yesterday and needs a similar performance in her semi-final.
The women's 4x400m, led by Christine Ohuruogu, will also be going for a podium spot today, despite the absence of the injured Perri Shakes-Drayton.
"We all want to do well for the team," individual 400m champion Ohuruogu said. "We deserve to do well.
"It is a shame Perri's not here. We really are going to miss her.
"I think she has gone home to get some treatment, but we have to stay here and get the job done. That's what we're here for. We wish her a speedy recovery."