Norwich-based parents of sprinter James Dasaolu so proud

Akintola, left, and Abosede Dasaolu, parents of James Dasaolu, at their newsagents shop in Witard Ro

Akintola, left, and Abosede Dasaolu, parents of James Dasaolu, at their newsagents shop in Witard Road. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2012

The parents of sprinter James Dasaolu have spoken of their pride after he became the second fastest Briton in history on the weekend.

James Dasaolu with a cheque for one thousand pounds he was awarded for running the second fastest ev

James Dasaolu with a cheque for one thousand pounds he was awarded for running the second fastest ever 100m by a British Athlete during the British Championships and World Trials at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. He then withdrew from the final of the Event. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 13, 2013. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

The 25-year-old clocked an astonishing 9.91secs in the 100m semi-finals at the British Championships, breaking the record with one of the fastest times of 2013.

The Loughborough-based athlete's previous record was 10.03secs, and his time has only been bettered by a Briton by former world and Olympic champion Linford Christie's 9.87secs - in 1993.

His Nigerian parents Akintola and Abosede run Steve McDonald News in Witard Road, Heartsease.

Mr Dasaolu said: 'I watched him race in Birmingham on Saturday. My wife had to stay at home to look after the shop.


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'I was speechless. We are very proud of him and are both very pleased.

'He played it down afterwards, but everybody knows that he has been trying to get under 10secs for a while, and now he's done it.

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'He's now focused on the world championships in Moscow next month.'

The sprinter only took up the sport seriously when he began a leisure management degree at Loughborough University, as an 18-year-old.

London-born, his fourth personal best this year before a stunned crowd at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium was three-hundredths of a second faster than Jamaica's six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has managed this year.

Tyson Gay (9.75), Asafa Powell (9.88) and Justin Gatlin (9.89) are the only sprinters to have covered the distance quicker in 2013.

He said afterwards: 'I knew I was going to run quick from the first step.

'Once you get to 60-70m, your body is running as quick as it can and it's all about relaxation. Because I was so far ahead it was much easier to relax.'

Indeed, he looked at the clock and raised his arms in disbelief as he comfortably finished ahead of a field which included Mark Lewis-Francis.

'As a sprinter, you want to go underneath 10secs and I'm happy to do that,' he added.

'Sub-10 is a big thing for me and I just hope to continue running sub-10s. I'm happy with 9.91 and I just want to build on that.'

Unfortunately, the runner, whose early career was hampered by injuries, had to withdraw from the final after experiencing cramp following his win.

'My ultimate aim is to be fit for Moscow and I did not want to risk an injury competing in the final,' he added.

The sprinter is striving to break the American-Jamaican duopoly in the sprints.

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