The 27-year-old British sprinter, who finished fourth in Rio, walked the distance in tears after suffering a hamstring injury in the moments before his 200m heat in Tokyo
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Adam Gemili’s Tokyo Olympics ended in heartbreak as the British sprinter was forced to pull out of the 200m with a hamstring injury on Tuesday.
Gemili had been a serious medal hope for Team GB after narrowly missing out on a bronze medal in the event at Rio 2016 by three thousandths of a second, but had his hopes cruelly dashed in Tokyo.
The 27-year-old injured himself in the build-up to the heat but still tried to compete, only to end up walking through in a time of 1 minute 58.58 seconds in tears.
He was also due to compete for Great Britain in the men’s 4x100m relay heats that start on Thursday, but it now seems likely his third Games are over.
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“I can’t believe this has happened. I am in so much pain,” he told the BBC.
“In my last block start before I went into the cool room and I just felt my hamstring go. I just said strap it up and let me go out there and try, because you have to try.
“I felt like I had such a good chance as well. I have been training so well. This season has been really up and down and I had finally put together five to six weeks of solid work.
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“I was ready to go out and win, try and get a medal, at least PB and I don’t get that chance. I can’t say anything else. It is the worst feeling in the world.”
The USA’s Erriyon Knighton, who at 17 is the USA’s youngest track and field Olympian for more than half a century, cruised through to the semi-finals in a time of 20.55.
Panama’s Alonso Edward came second in 20.60 and Belgium’s Robin Vanderbemden third in 20.70.
Gemili’s injury continues a career of injury problems and worsens a difficult Olympics for Team GB’s sprinters, who arrived in Japan with high hopes.
Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake recorded a season-best time of 20.56 seconds in the 200m, yet also failed to advance to the semi finals.
The men’s 200m heartbreak followed disappointment for Zharnel Hughes, who was disqualified in the men’s 100m final.
Meanwhile, great hope Dina Asher-Smith failed to make the women’s 100m final and pulled out of the 200m after tearing her hamstring.