Competitors taking part in Sunday’s Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes Open Meeting will be following in the footsteps of Olympic sprinters Adam Gemili and Dina Asher-Smith, writes Tom Pollak. Gemini and Asher-Smith both competed in the Hercules Wimbledon meeting as teenagers at a time when they were cutting their teeth in the sport before rising to the top echelons of athletics. Asher-Smith, who finished fifth in last season’s Rio Olympics women’s 100m, completed the double double when she won the 100 and 200m at the Hercules Wimbledon open meeting at Crystal Palace in 2009 and 2011. Gemili, who took the 100m bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics and just missed out finishing fourth in the Rio 100m last season, won the under 20 100 and 200m at the Hercules Wimbledon meeting in 2009.
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