James Dasaolu

James D: Season Review Part One

After a year that included European gold, the British Indoor title and a win at the Continental Cup, British sprinter James Dasaolu reflects on the 2014 season in a three-part interview…

“I finished the 2013 season injury free and got ready in the winter, building momentum for the indoor season,” reflected James, who had achieved the second fastest time from a British athlete in that year.

“The indoors were going well for me, I opened up with my quickest time ever, a PB of 6.47, which was a World lead at the time. But unfortunately I had that injury scare with my hamstring getting torn in Birmingham.”

“I just know I was in fantastic shape.”

“I don’t really talk about what could have been. I just know I was in fantastic shape and I think I would have run quicker than my personal best.”

It was a set-back for James who had won the British Indoor title in Sheffield and was looking among the favourites for the Indoor World Championships in Sopot.

“It hampered my progression, and I had to sit back and talk it through with my coach, and the team around me, how to continue with the season. We decided that it would be best for me to take my time to recover fully with both the World Championships in Bejing and Olympics in Rio in the next two years. I didn’t want to rush back this year.”

“The run in Lausanne confirmed to me that I had made the right decision to take a little longer to recover.”

“I was able to come back fully healthy and strong, and I have been able to compete against some of the best sprinters in the World.”

Dasaolu started his outdoor season a little later than normal, but opened with an impressive 10.03 in Lausanne.

“Again I opened with my quickest start to a season for me. The run in Lausanne confirmed to me that I had made the right decision to take a little longer to recover.”

“After my recovery, I just missed out on returning in time to run at the British Championships but fortunately the selectors put good faith in me and selected me for the European Championships.”

“I want to compete in the bigger races more frequently, and so the European Championships and Diamond League races provided a platform for me to do that.”

Keep an eye out for James D: Season review part two!

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