Gemili is another young sprint star who has struggled a bit with age, but he seems to have a positive outlook: "I have had my ups and my downs in track but for me how you carry yourself is very important. This is sport, it’s not always going to be ideal. You deal with it and try to be positive ... Hopefully I can start running fast. I’m confident I can and that the smile will be bigger and better.”
Monaco is one of the locations where the IAAF has installed air quality monitoring devices as part of their Clean Air Campaign. A lot of good info here for those interested.
“The world record is a very difficult mark to break but it's not impossible. I see a big future for me. We're working on my longevity; we don't want to just jump for a few moments in time. I still lack mental strength, physical strength and speed, but I've always believed in myself and I've always given the very best. I want to enjoy every single one of my competitions; I want to give people the best show ever.”
“I believe athletics is uniquely placed to make a difference. More people run than do any other sport on the plant. An estimated half a billion people around the world run regularly. Running, and walking, is accessible to almost anyone.’ ... If we only see sport as a product, then we are no different from washing powder, cereal or pencils. ... We need to help young people to develop a sport habit that will lead to a healthy lifestyle when they become adults. Unless this is solved, we may ultimately be fighting for fewer and fewer people who have any interest in sport.’’
He missed the record by just 0.48.
European half marathon record-holder Julien Wanders was third in 7:43.6. SA's Akani Simbine (10.06) won the 100m ahead of European record holder Jimmy Vicaut (10.11) while Thomas Röhler (86.51m) and Kelsey-Lee Barber (67.70m) won the javelin. *Results
*MB: In Europe - Just Watched King Ches PR in 7:43