James Dasaolu interview

Dasaolu looks ahead to return

James spoke exclusively to the IAAF website ahead of his return to action at the Lausanne and Glasgow Diamond Leagues.

“Obviously I had a really good season last year, so on the back of that, my coach (Steve Fudge) and I decided to have a real go at indoors,” he explains. “It was going very well and I ran 6.47 in my last race, which made me world leader, but I had a slight hamstring problem, so I decided to pull out of the World Indoors despite being world number one.”

The GB sprinter goes on to reveal his targets for 2014 as he eyes up a place at the European Championships in Zurich this summer and consistency in his sprinting times.

“I tend to take my seasons one step at a time and my focus is this season, but my next goal is to run under 9.9 and more than that it’s to be more consistent. I’ve run sub 10 twice, so if I keep in running sub 10, the quicker times will come.”

“The sprinting game’s moved on, even since 2008 when Usain ran 9.69 in the Olympic Games,” he points out. “9.91 at one time might have got you top three in the world, but now it feels like you’ve got at least 10 or 15 guys around the world capable of running those times. The bar’s shifted in the sprints.”

“I train with Adam Gemili (world 200m finalist). He brings a good energy and a good vibe and it’s important to have a good quality group. We’ve got Chris Clarke as well, who’s ran 20.2 for 200m, so it’s good to have quality athletes around you, all training together and helping each other improve.”

For the full interview visit the IAAF website.

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