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Britain's Gemili becomes 100th man to run under 10 seconds

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-06-08 10:33

Britain's Gemili becomes 100th man to run under 10 seconds

Great Britain's Adam Gemili (L) and USA's Marvin Bracy in the closing stages of the men's 100m final during the IAAF Birmingham Diamond League in Birmingham, Britain, June 8, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]

BIRMINGHAM, England - Britain's Adam Gemili became the 100th man in history to run the 100 meters inside 10 seconds as the European 200m champion clocked 9.97 to finish second in the IAAF Birmingham Diamond League at the Alexander Stadium on Sunday.

After setting a new lifetime best of 10.00 when finishing second in his heat, Gemili burst out of the blocks alongside American Marvin Bracy, who finally won the title in 9.93.

Gemili took the second in a photo-finish but he fell to the ground after injuring his hamstring as he crossed the line.

"Not the fairy-tale ending I wanted, but I'm proud to be the only Brit to go sub 10 and sub 20. British sprinting is really stepping up and I'm glad to be a part of it. I felt my hamstring go as I dipped but I'm in good spirits."

American Jeneba Tarmoh upset five-time Olympic champion and eight-time world titlist Allyson Felix in the women's 200m in 22.29.

In the women's 100m, American duo Dawn Harper-Nelson and Brianna Rollins finished one-two in season's bests of 12.58 and 12.63 seconds respectively.

The men's 110m hurdles was won by Cuban Orlando Ortega in 13.20 seconds.

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