Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dasaolu's in the Running for a Medal If He Puts His Foot Down

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dasaolu's in the Running for a Medal If He Puts His Foot Down

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Byline: Matt Majendie Sports Correspondent in Moscow

COLIN JACKSON believes Britain can dare to dream of James Dasaolu winning a medal in the 100metres in Moscow this weekend. Dasaolu gets his championship ambitions under way on Saturday in the heats inside the Luzhniki Stadium.

It will be the first time the Londoner has run since the UK Trials last month, when he clocked a remarkable 9.91 seconds in his semi-final, the second fastest ever by a Briton behind Linford Christie. Dasaolu, though, pulled out of the final with cramp and then withdrew from the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games with stiffness in his hip flexor, leading to claims he is too frail.

But Jackson, who won world titles in 1993 and 1999 over the 110m hurdles, said: "The thing we all want to know is if he can repeat it now. You allow yourself to dream of that and a medal and that dream could come true.

"He's capable of 9.91 seconds and you'd think on form that'd be enough to sneak a bronze medal."

Despite the positive outlook, Jackson admitted it would also be a struggle for Dasaolu, 25, just to make the final, even without some key names missing, such as Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay.

"The thing is he'll need a 10.1 in round one probably and a lot quicker in the semi-final," added Jackson. "He has to put his foot down and there can be no holding back. He'll probably have to run close to his personal best just to get through to that final.

"I know people are concerned that he's supposedly fragile with injuries but I think that's unfair. You just have to look at what he did indoors -- he only just missed out on the European Indoors title early this season."

Jackson has predicted the British team will win six or seven medals in all and argued that the men's sprint relay quartet should grab one of those.

However, the 4x100m line-up have had a dire record of getting the baton around in major championships. …

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