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  • 19 April 2019
    OLYMPIC STADIUM, London -- Adam Gemili ran a seasons best before insisting he was capable of bringing home a medal from Rio this summer.The British sprinter clocked a time of 20.07 seconds in the 200 metres at Londons Anniversary Games on Friday night, finishing third behind star attraction Usain Bolt and Panamas Alonso Edward.The result came as a welcome boost for Gemili ahead of the Olympic athletics schedule, which gets underway on August 12. The 22-year-old was forced to miss last years World Championships with a hamstring tear that also curtailed his ability to train earlier this season.While the crowd inside the Olympic Stadium were treated to another Bolt victory in his first race back from a hamstring injury, Gemili was adamant he could hold his own against the world record-holder and stand alongside him on the 200m podium in Rio.If Im aiming just to be a lane-filler then thats probably the best Im ever going to get, Gemili told reporters. I have to keep that belief every day that I can go out there and win the gold. As crazy as that sounds with the talent that there is in the world, if I think any other way then Im never going to achieve that.I have to have confidence in my training that Im working as hard as everyone else in the world, and when I do go out and compete, mentally Im very tough and physically Im in good shape. I have the confidence that Ill go out there and medal. Fingers crossed Ill do my best and hopefully we see a medal.Like Bolt, Gemili has been struck by the plague of the hamstring injury, tearing the muscle last June and only returning to competitive action in February this year. He has since been dealing with aches and pains but insisted he was reaching his peak in time for the Olympics.That claim is being backed up by results. He claimed a narrow victory over 200m at the British Championships in June and was part of Great Britains 4x100m quartet that won European gold in Amsterdam earlier this month.The season started off slow, Gemili said. I had a couple of niggles early on and even now Im coming off the back of a cold. I was looking to get under 20 seconds [on Friday]. That didnt happen, but I was in good company out there. Third place at the Diamond League, Im happy with it.You want to be running your fastest times in Rio. Theres no point running your fastest times in April, May or June. Ill go away and work, then hopefully be peaking for Rio. Ill give it my best shot and, whatever position that gets me to, hopefully everyones entertained and happy.Bolt was back to race in the stadium where he claimed three golds at London 2012 and, while he didnt quite look his fluent best, the Jamaican cruised home as the only man to break the 20 second mark on the fast, freshly-laid track.Gemili admitted it was a privilege to race alongside the Olympic and World champion, although he was shunted out to lane eight while Bolt enjoyed centre stage two inside him. The Jamaican will be targeting an historic triple-triple of golds in Rio and his British challenger was eager to soak up some of his star power in London.[Bolts] been there, hes done it all, Gemili said. Hes an Olympic gold medalist, defended it, a world record-holder. You just see the way he conducts himself. Hes a very different stature to me, so maybe his technique in running the 200 is different to mine, but mentally you dont get a tougher athlete.Its his first 200 of the season and to run sub-20 is phenomenal. You can always learn and Im very lucky to be in that period where he is competing before he does end up retiring. Maybe then I can go and get into my peak. If youre racing in the same race as Usain Bolt, youre in a good place.I was in lane eight here, out of the way. They said let the big man get in the middle and let him be by himself! But I prepare for any lane that Im running in, whoevers inside or outside me -- Usain, Justin Gatlin, whoevers in that final. I do my best to focus on my own race and execute to the best of my ability. Cheap Vans Shoes Australia .Y. -- Paul Byron and Matt Stajan scored as the Calgary Flames started a five-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon. Vans Shoes Discount . 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Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday that allowed the veteran right-hander to retire as a member of team with which he broke into the majors and spent the bulk of his distinguished 16-year career. An MRI on J.R. Smiths left knee on Tuesday showed no structural damage, and the?Cleveland Cavaliers?said the guard will be day-to-day with what was diagnosed as a knee contusion.Smith, who will miss Wednesday nights game against the host New York Knicks, bruised the knee during the Cavs victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday.Great news, great news, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of Smiths status before shootaround Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. I talked to him [Tuesday] night. He feels normal, thats a good sign and the MRI being negative. ... The way he reacted and the way he fell, I thought he was going to be out for a long time.Smith, who had been battling soreness in the knee for several weeks, returned to Cleveland to have the knee examined instead of going to New York with the Cavaliers.Smith had surgery on the knee in 2013, when he was a member of the Knicks.Although Smith is day-to-day, Lue hinted that he ccould hold him out of the lineup for an extended period of time for recovery, if necessary.dddddddddddd.Whatever he needs to get his leg right, Lue said. Thats the important thing, looking at the long haul, down the stretch.Lue added that?DeAndre Liggins?will start in Smiths place. It will be Liggins second start, in the 69th game of his career.Just like the energy he brings, Lue said. I think high energy from a guy, its contagious. Guys tend to play harder, seeing him flying around the floor, picking up full court. Thats the juice and spunk we need.Smith, 31, signed a four-year, $57 million deal in October to remain with the defending NBA champions. He has struggled this season, averaging 7.8 points and shooting just 31 percent.Information from ESPNs Dave McMenamin was used in this report. ' ' '