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James Dasaolu 'delighted' with first senior indoor medal at Gothenburg championships

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JAMES Dasaolu is aiming for further success after his fantastic display at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg last weekend.

The 25-year-old sprinter narrowly missed out on winning gold after a tight photo-finish with French athlete Jimmy Vicault in the 60-metre final.

Despite the decision, Dasaolu was delighted to come away with a medal and says that people can expect more of him in the near future.

"I'm happy and relieved to finally win my first senior indoor medal and hopefully it will give me the confidence to go on and win more senior medals," he said.

"I was very pleased, especially with the time, and it ranks me joint-number one in the world indoors.

"It was not my best technically this year, but I still managed a personal best, so I know there is still more to come and I am very much excited.

"It would have been nice to win the gold but I'm so happy to run 6.48 seconds more than anything else.

"It was the closest race I've ever been involved in."

And athletics fans can now look forward to seeing Dasaolu aim to better his performance at last summer's Olympic Games in London.

"I'm going to work more on my dip in training, but I've had the best start I could ever imagine with my first senior medal now – I'm fit and healthy," he said.

"I want to get under ten seconds in the 100m and go one better than I did at the Olympics and make the final of the World Championship in Moscow.

Despite his achievements in Sweden, Dasaolu admits he likes training more for the 100 metres under coach Steven Fudge.

So how does he think he can translate his indoor form into outdoor sprinting for the summer?

"I'm training at the UKA High Performance Centre at Loughborough University, five days a week, with Thursdays and Sundays days off," he said.

"Although I have just run 60m indoors, our training is always geared towards running 100m outdoors.

"I prefer to run over 100m than 60m – I feel more comfortable with it."

James Dasaolu 'delighted' with first senior indoor medal at Gothenburg championships


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