Verge Meets: Adam Gemili

Stephen McLaughlin. Southend United FC

Ahead of QIPCO British Champions Day on Saturday 20 October, World and European 4x100m relay Champion Adam Gemili attempted to Race A Champion by taking on one of the world’s best racehorses over a 10 metre sprint.

Hi Adam, Can you talk to us about the Race a Champion event?

I’m at the Race a Champion event in London. Today we are here to promote QIPCO British Champions Day which is exactly one month away. I’m racing 10 metres and trying to out-sprint Battaash, who is the fastest racehorse in the world, so it’s really been a good day and good fun.

So the life of a pro athlete we imagine to be intense, can you tell us what is a typical day for you?

A typical day for me is quite intense, we have a lot of training. We train six days a week and those can range anywhere from 4 to 6 hours, so they’re very intense with training in the gym, in the sprints hall and lots of drills

So you went to university, what help did university have on your path in becoming a pro athlete?

My course’s at university helped me a lot, especially biology which helped me learn a lot about my body, how humans move and the different aspects of sports. It definitely has a big part to play on my career as a pro athlete.

For students right now in similar situations like yourself, how you get university and life-training components right?

Any students who are also trying to sport at the same time, the biggest advice I can give to them is be organised and don’t leave things to stack up to the last minute so make sure your very organised with getting work done as soon as you get it set and enjoy your time.

What advice would you give to students wanting end up how you are now?

Anyone who wants to end up where I am and becoming a pro athlete just believe in yourself and have that patience in what you are doing. Everyone develops it at different times but if you stick to it and have that self-belief you’ll get what you wanted to achieve in life.

Adam, what would you class as your career highlight so far?

My career highlight I would say was becoming world champion for 100 metres, doing that in London was unforgettable and one of the best experiences of my life.

What is next for you?

Next for me in the next two years are important as we have the world championship next year and the big one Tokyo in 2020 so everything is channelling and working towards Tokyo in 2020.

What would say is the key to your success?

The key to my success so far, I think is enjoying the sport, not too serious about what I do, having a good time and just being happy. I also seem to run faster when I’m happy, so I would say that’s the key.

Is there one thing you do want to achieve in the world of athletics?

I think the biggest thing in athletics is becoming an Olympian champion and that is so difficult to do as the Olympics is every 4 years and medalling is fantastic, making the final is fantastic but to win is just the cherry on top so that’s the biggest thing I want to do.

Outside of athletics, what do you do in your down time?

In my down time from athletics I do everything to recover by not thinking about track and field, listening to music since I’m really into music and YouTube. Mostly it’s relaxing and chilling also playing PlayStation with my friends as well while staying in contact with them so everything to recover.

If you weren’t an athlete, what do you think you would be doing?

If I wasn’t an athlete I think I would still be in sports, sports have always been a big part in my life whether that’d be coaching or maybe be in the governing side of sports. It’s something that interests me and hopefully after track and field I can get into that as well, but I would definitely stay in sport.

Watch the video to see how Adam and other British sports stars compared to Battaash, the best sprint horse in the world with a calculated speed of 1.71 seconds over 10 metres.

The Race A Champion challenge will also be on course for racegoers to have a go at on QIPCO British Champions Day itself at Ascot on Saturday 20 October. Now in its eighth year the day is the finale to the European Flat racing season and Britain’s richest raceday. It will see some of the world’s best horses and jockeys compete for a record breaking £4.35 million purse and be crowned kings and queens of the turf.

As well as unbeatable action on the track, Britain’s Ultimate raceday also features a glitzy opening ceremony, the crowning of the Stobart Champion Flat Jockey and a spectacular after party featuring pop stars Ella Eyre and Jax Jones, with accompanied under 18s attending for free.

Tickets are available to students for only £10 with the promotion code STUDENTSBCD, and one lucky student will win a year’s free rent! To be in the running you must be there on the day and don’t forget to bring your student ID!

For tickets and more information on QIPCO British Champions Day click here