Adam Gemili is more determined than ever for Olympic glory after seeing his opportunity to make amends for his Rio 2016 heartbreak pushed back another year. Athletes would have just been returning from Tokyo this week if the Olympic games would have gone ahead, and Gemili was a strong contender to medal in either the 100m or 200m.
Instead, Gemili had to make do with watching highlights of Olympics from yesteryear while adapting his strict training regime to go again.
He was out in Florida making his final preparations for the Tokyo Olympics when it was announced the games had been postponed.
Gemili admits to having “made my peace” with the decision to postpone the Olympics.
But it’s clear the 26-year-old doesn’t want to be waiting any longer to put right his disappointment from Rio 2016.
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“I feel like this is going to be the one where I’m in my prime and I’ve got to go for it, pushing the world’s best and going for those medals,” he told Express Sport.
“The motivation is very high and for me, what happened at the last Olympics where I came fourth and just missed out on a medal by three-thousandths of a second.
“I’ve had to wait four years, now five years for another opportunity to make that right.”
When it was confirmed that Tokyo 2020 would be postponed, Gemili admits he allowed himself a weekend off his strict diet.
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And the enforced break allowed the big Liverpool fan to watch Jurgen Klopp’s side make history in winning their first top-flight title in 30 years.
As a Nike athlete, Gemili unashamedly admits he will be wearing the new Liverpool kit with pride as much as he can while training.
But the focus remains solely on Olympic glory next year and he has the self-belief to be hanging a gold medal around his neck next summer after agonisingly missing out on a bronze medal back in 2016.
When asked what he would be taking into next year, he said: “Just that belief that I can win the Olympics.
“Waking up every day, telling myself in the mirror that this day counts and I was doing that anyway but really believing it.
“You miss that opportunity to do what you do at the Olympics, you train 46 weeks a year for a 10 and 20 second race.
“If I mess that up, I do not want to be waiting another four years to make it right again.
“I’ve already had that feeling and it’s the worse feeling and I said to myself I’m never going to feel like this again so I’ll make sure I speak to myself and do everything in my power to put myself in the best opportunity to run the best I can and hopefully that’s good enough to win Olympic gold.
First up though is a return to competitive racing tonight at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco, where he will be racing in the 200m alongside American Noah Lyles.
But the Muller Ambassador is also looking forward to seeing his fellow British athletes for the first time in months.
“There will be a lot of athletes there that I haven’t seen in a long time so it will be really nice to catch up with those guys and put on a show,” he said.
“It’s going to be nice to see my close friends in the sport. They’re all going to be there.
“Andrew Pozzi is a hurdler, Katarina Johnson-Thompson is a heptathlete, Laura Muir is a 800m and 1500m runner so it will be nice to see those guys and have a good catch up and just contemplate the year.
“We’ll probably get a drink afterwards and get some food and look back at what’s happened and laugh.”
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