British Athletics has announced the team captain for the Team GB athletics squad as Adam Gemili.
22 year old Gemili, who will line up in Rio in the men’s 200m as well as the men’s 4x100m relay, made his major breakthrough in 2012 when he became world junior 100m champion. He then competed at the London 2012 Olympics in the men’s 100m where he made the semi-final at the age of 18.
Since that year he finished fifth at the World championships in 2013, and has won European gold over 200m as well as commonwealth silver in the 100m – both in 2014.
In 2015 he travelled as part of the team to the Beijing World Championships but was withdrawn from the relay squad as a precautionary measure against injury, yet he remained at the championships in a supporting role for his team mates.
Speaking of his decision to ask Gemili to take the role, British Athletics Performance Director and Team GB athletics Team Leader Neil Black said:
‘It’s rare that an athlete should have such widespread respect at such a young age, but his conduct, performance credentials and ability to unite people is one of the best I’ve ever seen in all my time working in athletics.
‘He is a world class athlete, professional, respectful and a great ambassador for the sport. The captaincy for an Olympic Games is an honour and it’s one that Adam truly deserves.’
Adam Gemili said:
‘It was a real honour to be asked and I wasn’t sure at first whether to accept because I knew there were others in the team who had more experience.
‘But I am so proud to be here, I love my sport and what I’ve experienced in the last few years and I’ll always do my best to perform well and support my team mates in whatever they do too.
‘If a captain is measured by any of these things then I know I can give it a real go.
‘I am so grateful that I’ve been on teams with so many great athletes and staff and how they’ve helped me to learn what I do over the last few years. I’ll be thinking of what they’ve done for me and use this as a way of saying thank you.’