Dasaolu has medals in mind

Sprinter says he expects to win a medal at each of the championships he prepares for in 2014

James Dasaolu 60m winner Glasgow International Match (Mark Shearman)

Having started the season with his quickest-ever opener over 60m in Glasgow on Saturday, James Dasaolu is feeling confident.

His world-leading 6.50 was just 0.02 outside of his personal best – set when claiming European Indoor silver in Gothenburg last March – and comes after a summer in which he became the second fastest Briton in history, running a 9.91 100m PB.

The Steve Fudge-coached athlete says he has been working on his sprint starts as well as upping his endurance training and lifting extra weights.

And with UKA’s biomechanics boffins comparing his statistics to his major rivals, Dasaolu senses he can make even bigger strides in 2014.

“They were able to compare my data from this year to last year,” he said. “And they’ve showed I’m in better shape.

“As long as I execute what I’ve been doing in training, I’m going to run quicker,” he added. “So that’s what happened.”

Of his world-leading performance at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match, in which he finished ahead of Dwain Chambers, he said: “I don’t think I nailed it there, but it just shows that the consistent improvements I’m making in training is showing in competition.

“I opened up with 6.60 last year. I opened up with 6.50 today.”

All of which means Dasaolu has raised his own ambitions.

“I’ve got the Commies, the Euros and the World Indoors,” he declared. “I expect to medal at all the championships I prepare for.”

» This is an extract from five pages of in-depth coverage of the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match by Mark Woods included in the latest issue of AW which is available here or digitally here

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