Adam Gemili: The fastest teenager’s fastest interview


GB sprint star Adam Gemili on pole vault, a school teacher named Miss Anguish and his perfect dinner party ...

If you could choose another event to star in, what would it be?

Pole vault. I always wanted to be a pole vaulter. It looks fun. I’d never be able to do it but I’d like to give it a go.

That can be arranged… What did you have for breakfast today?

Scrambled eggs and a bowl of fruit.

What’s your favourite pre-competition snack?

Chicken and pasta.

Who was your most impressive teacher?

My favourite teacher was Miss Anguish at primary school. She seemed to do everything. She directed the drama, did all the sports for the school. She was amazing. She was always there with guidance and advice.

What is the one thing you have to take with you around the circuit?

My phone. If I’m away, I’m always looking for Wi-Fi to stay connected.

Any superstitions?

Not really. If you get into a habit you can become a bit restricted. So I stay open. Nothing bad can happen if I don’t think it will happen.

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

If I wasn’t an athlete, I’d hopefully be playing full-time football [Gemili was a former Chelsea schoolboy footballer and Dagenham and Redbridge academy player].           

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever worn?

I had a favourite shirt: a bright orange shirt I used to wear it every day when I was nine or ten. When I look back now I think: it was an ugly shirt.

How much money do you have in your pocket at the moment?

Maybe 70 Euros [£60 GBP or $93 USD].

What is your favourite holiday destination?

My dad is Moroccan, from Tangier, so I’ll say there.

Who would be your three ideal dinner party guests? 

Lionel Messi, I love that guy. I’d probably have to invite Usain Bolt, as well because he is also the best at what he does. I’d balance it out with a girl, Jessica Alba, she’s alright. I’d invite her for entertainment.