Former Dagenham & Redbridge youngster Adam Gemili has had his place in the Team GB squad for London 2012 confirmed.

The British Olympic Association (BOA) today announced a list of 71 track and field athletes who will form part of the Olympic squad.

The 18-year-old shot on to the athletics scene this year having decided to focus on the sport rather than football.

Gemili made the full-time commitment to athletics in January and rose to prominence last month when he stopped the clock in the 100m in 10.08, making him the fastest British athlete this year.

He is the youngest member of the track and field squad selected and will go in both the 100m and the 4x100m relay.

Including the six marathon runners already selected, the British athletics squad now comprises 77 competitors – an increase from the 68 who competed in Beijing four years ago.

UK Athletics Head Coach Charles Van Commenee has targeted eight medals, including at least one gold, in the Olympic Stadium this summer, an ambitious target which would double the Beijing haul and provide the best result since the Seoul Games of 1988.