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Red-faces for organisers as sprint sensation gets wrong pass
Sprint sensation Adam Gemili was in for a shoch after receiving his Olympic accreditation as the face staring up at him belonged to someone else.
The 18-year-old from Dartford has been hailed as one of the most exciting 100m prospects in years and will be lining up alongside the likes of Usain Bolt in a bid to secure a berth in the 100m men’s final on Saturday.
But after jetting in from Portugal, where the team have been training in preparation for the Games, Gemili was shocked to be handed a pass with the wrong photograph on it.
Posting a picture on Twitter, he said: ““My Olympic accreditation to get into the Games. Who even is this guy?!?!?”
It is not the first time the confusion has occurred - with, bizarrely, the same incorrect photograph being circulated to broadcasters, before the mistake was highlighted.
It even appeared briefly on the BBC’s website.
Adam Gemili is hopeful of reaching the final, but faces a tough task to do so. He is an 80-1 shot to win gold - with Jamaica’s Usain Bolt hot favourite.
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