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James Dasaolu retires from athletics


Sprinter hangs up spikes after profession which noticed him turn out to be European 100m champion

James Dasaolu, European 2014 100m champion and the joint-second quickest Brit in historical past, has determined to retire from athletics.

The 35-year-old received three main championship medals throughout his profession. The primary got here in Gothenburg 9 years in the past when Dasaolu narrowly missed out on European Indoor 60m gold to Jimmy Vicaut by simply thousandths of a second.

His 60m private better of 6.47 within the distance ranks him joint-third on the UK all-time record behind Dwain Chambers, Jason Gardener and tied with Linford Christie.

In 2014, Dasaolu claimed the largest prize of his profession when he defeated Christophe Lemaitre to turn out to be European 100m champion in Zurich – the primary British male to win European gold on the occasion since Darren Campbell in 1998.

It wasn’t a shock to see that Dasaolu additionally achieved success within the relays and on the 2016 European Championships, he received 4x100m gold in Amsterdam alongside Adam Gemili, James Ellington and CJ Ujah.

His 100m private better of 9.91 – set on the 2013 British Championships – means that he’s nonetheless joint-second on the UK all-time record within the occasion, tied with Zharnel Hughes after Linford Christie’s 9.87 nationwide document.

Dasaolu final competed for Nice Britain on the 2017 World Championships in London. He was chosen for the 2018 Commonwealth Video games down underneath however suffered a severe Achilles harm and needed to pull out.

A GoFundMe web page was subsequently set-up for the £25,000 in prices that was wanted to fund emergency surgical procedure on the tendon.

Dasaolu has since recovered from the harm and raced in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

His final occasion was the BoXX United Manchester Indoor Tour earlier in January.

“Athletics has given me an opportunity to signify my nation quite a few occasions and has given me so many nice recollections which I’ll without end treasure,” Dasaolu mentioned.

“Now it’s time to cling up my spikes. I want to thank the many individuals round me who’ve supported me all through my profession. Particular because of my household & associates who had been at all times there for me. Tremendous excited for what the long run holds in serving to the subsequent technology of athletes.”

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