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Michael Bailey , London Olympics correspondent
Thursday, July 26, 2012
James Dasaolu may be a Londoner through and through, but the sprinter will most definitely have his own fan club in Norwich.
His parents, Akintola and Abosede, run Steve McDonald News in Witard Road, north Norwich, and that has led Dasaolu to the odd training run around UEA Sportspark.
He will join young sprint sensation Adam Gemili on the track, alongside the controversial figure of Dwayne Chambers – the trio will be joined by Christian Malcolm for the 4x100m relay.
Dasaolu, like Gemili, still has time on his side and his aims for London will be to reach two finals and take his first trip under 10 seconds.
The building blocks are in place too. After an injury-hit winter and a change of coach, the Croydon Harrier is starting to recapture his best form – meaning breaking his personal best of 10.09 is a clear goal.
“This means all the hard work over the last two or three years with injuries has come to something,” said Dasaulo of his Team GB berth.
“I knew I had a strong chance after the trials and given my other competitors hadn’t run the A-standard just a few days before, but you never believe you’re there until it’s in black and white.
“It was a huge relief, especially as it is for a home Olympics. Not a lot of people know that I had a really big injury in December and I took the decision to change my programme six months before the Olympic trials. I did it just in time.”
Now training with Steve Fudge and Kevin Tyler at Loughborough, the hamstring injury is a thing of the past. Success on home soil is what it is all about.
“My goal was first to qualify for the Olympics, now I need to get into the best shape of my life and back into my PB form.”
And a medal in the relay – matching GB’s gold in Athens? “As long as we get the baton round, we seem to do well,” he added.
Sport: Athletics – Men’s 100 metres, 4x100m relay. From: Croydon. Age: 24
Schedule (Olympic Stadium) – 100m: Saturday, August 4 – 10am Preliminaries, 12.30pm Round One; Sunday, August 5 – 7.45pm Semi-finals, 9.50pm Final. 4x100m relay: Friday, August 10 – 7.45pm Round One; Saturday, August 11 – 9pm Final.