Norwich parents’ pride as James Dasaolu runs in men’s 100m semi-final at Olympic Games

The parents of sprinter James Dasaolu have spoken of their pride at watching their son compete in the Olympic stadium.

The 24-year-old's father and mother, Akintola and Abosede, run Steve McDonald News in Witard Road, in the north of Norwich, and watched their son race against the world's best on Sunday night.

Mr Dasaolu said: 'We were very proud of him.

'I was hoping he would get through to the final, but it was good for him to be in the semi-final.

'I knew it was very tough opposition he was facing.

'He was not very happy with his performance because he was hoping to do a new PB.'

The sprinter's personal best is 10.09 seconds, and tonight he ran the race in 10.18, finishing seventh.

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After the race he said: ''My heats yesterday were really good.

'I got off to a good start but didn't seem to flow with the rest of the guys in the last 30 or 40m.

'I wanted to run a personal best, but I went slower than I went in my heats and I am disappointed with that.'

James will get another chance to impress when he runs in Team GB's 4x100m relay team on Friday.

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