Athletics World Championships: British ace upbeat on Moscow hopes

James Dasaolu confident Athletics World Championships

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James Dasaolu is confident he will be fit for Athletics World Championships, despite withdrawing from Anniversary Games’ 100m on Friday night.

The 25-year-old first came to the attention of the public with a sub-10 second run in the British Championships in July.

Since then though, Dasaolu has struggled with his fitness and missed out on a chance to go head-to-head with Usain Bolt in the Olympic stadium.

The Olympic champion went on to win Friday’s race in a time of 9.85 seconds but a lot of talk afterwords was surrounding the fitness of the Britain’s quickest man.

Dasaolu’s latest problem is a tight hip flexor, with concerns that he may not be fit enough to take his place in Russia – with the World Championships taking place from August 10-18.

But the Londonder has played down the fitness worries and insisted “come Moscow I’ll be ready.”

With Tyson Gay, the fastest man in the world this year, missing the event after the latest drugs controversy, and Olympic 100m and 200m silver medallist Yohan Blake out through injury, medals are likely to be up for grabs in Moscow.

Dasaolu added: “I am running fast this summer because I have made smart decisions with my coach (Steve Fudge) over the last 18 months and we’re not going to change that approach with the World Championships just two weeks away.”

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