Free chicken offered to Olympic hopeful

British Olympic sprint medal hope Adam Gemili is being offered all the chicken he can eat from a Hertfordshire farmer to give him an extra boost as he goes for glory next week.

Defending 100m champion Usain Bolt revealed in 2008 that his love of chicken was behind his Beijing success and now poultry farmer Tom Wornham, from Royston, wants to ensure Team GB’s Gemili is on an even field when he takes on the Jamaican.

Gemili, just 18 years old, became the fastest British junior of all time this month when he won gold in the World Junior Championships 100m in 10.05sec.

Mr Wornham, who is the chairman for the NFU East Anglian poultry forum, has teamed up with the Love Chicken campaign website, which promotes dozens of recipes using Great British chicken.

He said: “Usain Bolt is the fastest man on the planet and was powered by chicken when he broke the world record in 2008. I’d be happy to supply our great British hope, Adam Gemili, with all the chicken he can eat if it helps him beat Bolt on the track in London this summer.”

Mr Worham is a keen amateur athlete and earlier this year completed the grueling Marathon des Sables, a six-day 156-mile ultramarathon across the Sahara Desert in Morocco.

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