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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Adam Gemili, Lisa Dobriskey and Jack Green competed in events last night (Friday)
Three of Kent’s Olympic heroes have missed out on medals in what was a night of disappointment for the athletes.
Sprinting sensation Adam Gemili, one of the brightest new stars on the athletics scene, was left devastated after Team GB’s 4x100m relay team were disqualified after a baton changeover mistake.
The 18-year-old from Dartford ran the anchor leg and stormed over the line behind Jamaica. But the failed handover between the youngster and team mate Danny Talbot meant the team were disqualified and missed out on a place in the final.
Speaking after the event to the BBC, Gemili said: “I went off and maybe I went a bit harder...I don’t know.
“We really could have been in contention in the final had we made it. It really is disappointing. I think I went on the check mark maybe a tiny bit early.”
The disqualification wasn’t the only disappointment of the night for Kent’s athletes.
Ashford’s Lisa Dobriskey, who has battled back from potentially life-threatening blood clots on her lungs, finished 10th in the women’s 1,500m final.
She told the BBC: “I found myself in the wrong place. You have to be right on it when they go and I was too far back. I knew the other girls were very strong and it would have been very hard to have got a medal.”
She said she was feeling “dejected”.
Just 20 minutes later, Maidstone runner Jack Green and his teammates in the 4x400m relay narrowly missed out on a bronze.