Edwards: London can benefit Gemili
Jonathan Edwards believes Adam Gemili (pictured) can learn a lot at London 2012
Jonathan Edwards insists British sprint prospect Adam Gemili can only benefit from the experience of competing at London 2012.
Gemili secured his spot in the 100m after finishing second in the Olympic trials on Saturday, having previously achieved the 'A' qualifying time of 10.08 seconds earlier this month but the 18-year-old's participation at the Games is threatened by his coach Michael Afilaka, who is concerned by the psychological impact his involvement may have.
"If you throw him into the cauldron of the Olympics and he gets burned, then he might never recover," said Afilaka. "If you'd seen him in the evening after the trial race, he was an emotional wreck."
Triple jump world record holder Edwards, however, believes the former Chelsea youth player will gain an invaluable insight into racing at the highest level.
"I'd go for the experience because there's no substitute for being in an Olympic village and competing in the Games," he said.
"Adam will get through the first round and maybe into the second, running against the likes of Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Justin Gatlin. He can only gain from that.
"He can relax and enjoy the Games, without there being any pressure on his shoulders. He's not stupid, he knows he won't win.
"It's what I did in Seoul 1988 as a 22-year-old. That made a difference for me in terms of inspiration and feeling comfortable in that environment.
"It takes a while at world level to feel like you belong. If he gets a chance to compete in London that will help him for the future.
"The fact it's a home Games is important and if you've qualified you should go because it's a massive achievement to be an Olympian."