Norwich parents’ pride as James Dasaolu wins gold in men’s 100m at European Championships
PUBLISHED: 22:22 13 August 2014 | UPDATED: 23:10 13 August 2014
James Dasaolu completed a night to remember for Great Britain by earning the title of Europe’s fastest man.
The 26-year-old, whose parents live in Norwich, sprinted to glory in the men’s 100m final.
Dasaolu’s parents, Akintola and Abosede, run Steve McDonald News in Witard Road, Heartsease.
They said they were “delighted” with their son’s achievement and watched his big moment on telly.
“We’ve been hoping he was going to win because he has been having the ambition of having gold for a long while,” Mr Dasaolu said.
“We are all very happy for him and he is very much over the moon at the moment.”
Mr Dasaolu added that his son enjoyed visiting Norwich “often” and that they were looking forward to seeing him again soon.
Today always looked like it could be a medal-laden day for the British team and it has not disappointed, with six medals arriving on a wonderful night of athletics in Zurich.
First Mo Farah returned to the track after illness to win 10,000m gold ahead of team-mate Andy Vernon, who claimed an unexpected silver, then 23-year-old Ashleigh Nelson won bronze in the 100m.
The medal rush continued as Tiffany Porter won her battle with French record-holder Cindy Billaud to take the 100m hurdles, before Dasaolu and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey rounded things off in the last event of the night.
Despite starting this season late due to injury, Dasaolu has consistently finished around the 10-second mark and sent a warning shot to his European rivals by beating reigning champion Christophe Lemaitre in the semi-final.
The 26-year-old again had the better of the Frenchman in the Letzigrund Stadium finale, finishing seven hundredths of a second ahead of him in a time of 10.06 seconds.
Behind Lemaitre were the British duo of Aikines-Aryeetey and Dwain Chambers, with the former edging out the 36-year-old to secure bronze after keeping his cool following a yellow card warning for twitching in the blocks.
“It’s great to be the European champion,” Dasaolu said after a lengthy – and deserved – lap of honour. “I’m still trying to take it all in.
“I didn’t have a great start but I battled through so I’m happy. Track and field always has lots of ups and downs – I’ve had my hamstring injury but fast forward to Zurich in August and I’m the European champion.
“It’s a lovely thing to get my first senior outdoor gold medal, I’m just going to enjoy it. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be here at the beginning of the year.”