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James Dasaolu UK indoor 60m champion


JAMES Dasaolu became UK indoor 60m champion last weekend in emphatic style.

The 24-year-old Great Britain international clocked 6.58secs in the final in Sheffield, winning by 0.11secs from his nearest challengers.

Dasaolu will now head to next month's European indoor championships in Gothenburg as part of Team GB.

And he revealed he had to stay focused in the semi-final race after a few distractions elsewhere at the event.

"I did get a bit distracted as there was a false start and the pole vault and high jump was going on," he said.

"But I didn't panic, I stayed relaxed and I just wanted to get to the final and post a good time like I did.

"I knew that in the final I just had to nail the start and I'd be OK.

"I was happy to go there and compete against athletes of the same calibre.

"I would have liked to have been a bit quicker but I was happy with the win.

"I want to challenge for medals in the European Championships now."

Elsewhere last weekend, Croydon Harriers' men's team returned to the second division 2XU Surrey Cross-Country League for the first time in six seasons after their final fixture at Wimbledon Common.

Croydon finished third on the day behind Dulwich and Full-on-Triathlon in the nine-club fixture, however they comfortably held on to one of two automatic qualification berths on offer and are promoted along with Dulwich.

Unofficially, Croydon are joint winners of the division with Dulwich although this is yet to be ratified by the league.

Peter Chambers won the overall 5.4-mile race in 29 minutes and 30 seconds, his first Surrey League victory of the season after a pair of thirds and a runners-up finish this winter. David White (31:05) was third, Mark Plackett (31:38) was fifth and Ben Savill (32:32) ninth.

Alan Burn (40th, 35:15), Neil Aikman (52nd, 36:37), Martin Rowe (69th, 37:34), Mark Maginn (74th, 37:47), Matthew Kiernan (79th, 37:57) and Keith Brown (111th, 42:17) completed the scoring team of ten runners.

Non-scoring support came from Robert Rye (112th), Dave Warren (116th), Norman Hemming (120th) and Eric Campbell (129th) in the field of 129 runners.

In the young athletes' 2.7-mile race, Kieron Connor finished third, with Omar Harhara and Luke Baker unofficial fifth and sixth positions.

Meanwhile, the women's team also brought the curtain down on their campaign at Denbies Vineyard in Dorking.

Brighton Marathon hopeful Sophie Bates finished in her highest ever Surrey League position of 31st and was fourth in the second division race.

In the young athletes' races, Stevie Lawrence was fifth in the U17 women's race to add to her fourth and eighth position finishes also gained this season. Emily Howe (28th) and Josie Kavanagh (35th) provided support.

And Ellie McCormack kept the flag flying in the U13 girls' race, finishing 42nd.

James Dasaolu UK indoor 60m champion

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