James Dasaolu

Dasaolu wins European gold in Zurich!

James Dasaolu became the European Champion in Zurich on Wednesday night running a time of 10.06 in the final.

The 100m sprinter had qualified for the final in startling form having posted a 10.04 team to lead the field into the final.

Dasaolu finished ahead of French sprinter Christophe Lemaitre in silver and Great Britain’s Harry Aikines-Aryeetey who won Bronze.

“It’s great to be the European champion – I’m still trying to take it all in,” said James.

“It’s great to be the European champion – I’m still trying to take it all in.”

“I didn’t have a great start but I battled through so I’m happy.”

“Track and field always has lots of ups and downs – I’ve had my hamstring injury but fast forward to Zurich in August and I’m the European champion. It’s a lovely thing to get my first senior outdoor gold medal, I’m just going to enjoy it. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be here at the beginning of the year.”

Dasaolu won the British indoor title earlier in the year and made a late start to his outdoor season, preparing for the Europeans.

“The weather wasn’t the best and we were delayed by half an hour but I zoned out and focused on the job in hand. My coach told me to focus on the drive phase and just to execute the best I can and that’s what I did.”

More reaction to follow…

Men’s 100m Results
1 James Dasaolu (Great Britain & NI) 10.06
2 Christophe Lemaitre (France) 10.13
3 Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (Great Britain & NI) 10.22
4 Dwain Chambers (Great Britain & NI) 10.24
5 Lucas Jakubczyk (Germany) 10.25
6 Jaysama Saidy Ndure (Norway) 10.35
7 Catalin Cimpeanu (Romania) 10.44
8 Yazaldes Nascimento (Portugal) 10.46

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