James Dasaolu

James Dasaolu Athletics

2014 European Champion
Britain’s Second fastest 100m athlete of all-time

James Dasaolu is a 100m sprinter who ranks as Britain’s second fastest athlete of all-time. His personal best of 9.91 seconds was clocked at the British Trials in Birmingham in July 2013. A season in which he ran sub 10 seconds twice.

In 2014 James was in great form indoors with a first race of 6.50 in the 60m at the annual Glasgow International match. A time only 0.02 shy of his personal best achieved in the previous year at the European indoor championships in Gothenburg. He would later run 6.47 at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix, improving his personal best by one hundredth of a second. In the final of the Grand Prix, Dasaolu won with a time of 6.50 but pulled up 20m from the line after a slight tear in his thigh, causing him to give up his automatic selection place for the World Indoor Championships and focus on the outdoor season instead. His 2014 outdoor campaign began on 3 July in Lausanne where he ran 10.03 – his fastest opener outdoors to date. James then went onto win the Gold Medal at the European Championships in Zurich and is the current 2014 European Champion.

James started to compete in 2006 running 10.75 in his first season in athletics. In the subsequent years he posted season bests of 10.33 and 10.26. In 2008, following his rise up the national rankings, James moved to Loughborough University to train under the tutelage of Michael Khmel. He won the 2008 England U23 Championships and reached the semi-finals of the British Olympic Trials.
The year after Dasaolu set a personal best of 10.15 seconds at the Graziano Della Valle meet in Italy. James followed that with a new personal best of 10.09 seconds in Geneva in the same year.

He made his senior Great Britain debut at the European Championships in Barcelona in 2010. In January of 2012, James moved to a new coach Steve Fudge. His training group includes Richard Buck, Leon Baptiste, Jonnie Peacock and Chris Clarke. He went on to compete at the Olympic Games, London 2012, reaching the semi finals in the 100m.

He opened the 2013 season with a silver medal at the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships in the 60 metres, running a new PB of 6.48 seconds in the final – the same time as the winner Jimmy Vicaut.James started his 2013 outdoor season with a new PB and the ‘A’ qualifying standard for the World Championships. He recorded three further PB’s before joining an elite group of athletes to go sub-10 with his stunning 9.91 run in Birmingham. James was selected for the 100m as part of the British squad to go to the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia. James made it through the semi finals running 9.97 and was drawn in the 1st lane in the final. The final proved one race too far for James and after a long season he finished last with Usain Bolt taking the gold in a time of 9.77.