There was double delight for Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC’s star sprinters Adam Gemili and Dina Asher-Smith as they both secured their Team GB Rio Olympic places at British Championships in Birmingham last weekend.

The ever-smiling Gemili, 22, described his Olympic qualification after winning his maiden men’s domestic 200m crown as "the best feeling in the world".

He beat a stern challenge from Birchfield Harriers favourite Danny Talbot to strike the line in 22.44 seconds.

“I am over the moon, it is the best feeling in the world,” said former professional footballer Gemili.

“I had to come here and run a time and finish in the top two to guarantee selection, it is a big relief I’ve done that.

"There have been a lot of guys running very quick this year.”

Dartford-based Gemili, the defending 200m European champion, is ranked third in the UK behind American-based east Londoner Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, who is also expected to run in Rio.

Gemili himself fancies his chances of picking up at medal come Games time at Brazil’s second city.

“I think for Rio I want to medal at a major senior Championships and at the moment my best chance of doing that is in the 200m,” he added.

“I am going out there to make the final and medal. You have to aim to be the best.

"If I don’t medal I’ll be quite disappointed and I think that’s the attitude you need to have.”

Dina Asher-Smith, 20, who decided not to compete in the women’s 100m, made her Olympic dreams come true after securing the women’s 200m crown.

Her 23.11secs mark was enough to beat current domestic leader Enfield & Haringey’s Desiree Henry (23.13secs) and Jodie Williams (23.22secs).

“It’s a dream come true,” said Orpington-based Asher-Smith. “I’ve always wanted to go to the Olympics. I can’t believe it!

“This is Olympic trials, this is the event you need to qualify from. It was emotional and I was nervous because it meant so much.

"I am honestly so happy to have booked my seat on the plane to Rio. There is still lots of hard work to do but I’m just happy to have qualified.”

Sadly there will be no Olympic place for club-mate Serita Soloman who finished fourth in women’s 100m hurdles final in a season’s best 13.36secs.

Also joining Gemili and Asher-Smith on the plane to Rio is Lewisham’s Daryll Neita who finished second in the women’s 100m final at her very first appearance in British Championships.

The 19-year-old, who had earlier lowered her PB to 11.23secs in her semi-final heat, clocked 11.24secs with Asha Philip winning in 11.17secs.

“I am so thrilled and delighted with that result,” said Neita. “I have shown people what I am capable of doing.

“I’ve always know it was there but it has been hard for me to mentally mature, however I feel as though I am in the best place I have ever been. It’s been a crazy day and I am just lost for words.

“I went into that race as a bit of an underdog so I didn’t feel I had that much pressure.

"This is my first senior British championships so I wasn’t really sure what to do so I was just asking everyone for some advice.

"It was all great experience and will be good for the future and looking ahead to Rio.”