On your marks, get set, go: Croydon’s Dasaolu prepares to challenge Bolt and Gatlin for Rio 2016 sprint success

The second-fastest Briton of all time, James Dasaolu, is looking to repeat past success in the 100m and 4x100m at Rio tomorrow.

European 100m champion in 2014 and 4x100m champion in 2016, Dasaolu enters the Olympics in good form.

Dasaolu took victory in the British Championships in June in 9.93 seconds, a time just 0.02 seconds shy of his personal best that would have earned him a place in the London final.

Three other British triallists ran under 10 seconds in the championships and Dasaolu has spoken confidently about team GB’s chances.

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He said: “It looks like a real golden patch for British sprinting at the moment and it’s exciting.

“It is probably the best it has ever been.”

After disappointment at the IAAF World Indoor Championships earlier this year, where he was disqualified in the semi finals for false starting, the 28-year old is also motivated to perform individually on the world’s biggest stage.

“It was really disappointing but that’s how athletics goes sometimes but I’m already putting it behind me,” he said.

“It’s just inspired me to make up for what happened in Portland at the Olympics.”

A south west London athlete through-and-through, Dasaolu was born in Croydon and trains with the Croydon Harriers.

Catch Dasaolu race Justin Gatlin, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt in the 100m heats starting at 1.30pm tomorrow.

Image courtesy of Nuffin Long TV Athletics via YouTube, with thanks

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