DOB: 5th September 1987
Birthplace: Croydon
Event: 100m (9.91) & 60m (6.47)
Coach: Steve Fudge
Honours: European Championships – Gold (Zurich 2014), European Indoor Championships – Silver (Gothenburg 2013).

James Dasaolu is a 100m sprinter who ranks as Britain’s second fastest athlete of all-time. His personal best of 9.91 seconds at the British Trials in Birmingham in July 2013 qualified him for the World Championships in Moscow.

James started to compete in 2006 running 10.75 in his first season in athletics. In the subsequent years he posted season bests of 10.33 and 10.26.

In 2008, following his rise up the national rankings, James moved to Loughborough University to train under the tutelage of Michael Khmel. He won the 2008 England U23 Championships and reached the semi-finals of the British Olympic Trials.

The year after Dasaolu set a personal best of 10.15 seconds at the Graziano Della Valle meet in Italy. James followed that with a new personal best of 10.09 seconds in Geneva in the same year.

He made his senior Great Britain debut at the European Championships in Barcelona in 2010. In January of 2012, James moved to a new coach Steve Fudge. His training group includes Richard Buck, Leon Baptiste, Jonnie Peacock and Chris Clarke. He went on to compete at the Olympic Games, London 2012, reaching the semi finals in the 100m.

He opened the 2013 season with a silver medal at the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships in the 60 metres, running a new PB of 6.48 seconds in the final – the same time as the winner Jimmy Vicaut.

James started his 2013 outdoor season with a new PB and the ‘A’ qualifying standard for the World Championships. He recorded three further PB’s before joining an elite group of athletes to go sub-10 with his stunning 9.91 run in Birmingham.

James was selected for the 100m as part of the British squad to go to the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia. James made it through the semi finals running 9.97 and was drawn in the 1st lane in the final. The final proved one race too far for James and after a long season he finished last with Usain Bolt taking the gold in a time of 9.77.

In 2014, Dasaolu made a blistering start to the Indoor season winning the 60m Indoor British title in Sheffield in a time of 6.50.

In August, he became the European Champion in Zurich winning the final with a time of 10.06 after setting a new record for a European Semi Final, clocking 10.04. It was James’ first major title after announcing himself on the World stage the previous year.