British sprinters coming good - Dasaolu

22 June 2012 / 10:16

James Dasaolu believes the next golden age of British sprinting could be just around the corner, providing the new generation of stars are given time to develop.

The 24-year-old and Adam Gemili, six years his junior, are the only two 100 metres runners to achieve the Olympic A qualifying standard so far this season.

"It is good to see a young talent like Adam coming through and it can only help us all want to compete and run faster - so it is good for the sport. People have to be patient and things will come good," Dasaolu said.

They will go head to head with the likes of 23-year-old Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Tyrone Edgar and Dwain Chambers at the Aviva 2012 trials, which start at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium on Friday.

The top two sprinters will secure their places for London 2012 - provided they have achieved the qualifying standard - with another spot awarded at the selectors' discretion.

"It might not be as strong as when we had Linford Christie and John Regis but I think those years are coming with Adam running 10.08 seconds, Harry doing pretty well last year and myself coming through," Dasaolu said.

Dasaolu, who ran 10.18secs in Montgeron in France in mid-May, is aiming to prove UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee wrong about his fitness. Earlier this month Van Commenee said Dasaolu was fragile and an athlete who "gets injured when they step out of bed for no reason".

He has had his problems - ranging from a foot stress fracture to torn hamstrings twice - but insists a change of coach and a new training regime means he can put those issues behind him.

"I am fit, healthy and raring and ready to go and I am ready to compete this weekend," said the athlete, who is now working under the guidance of Kevin Tyler, UKA's head of coaching.

"I believe I am now over the problems. It is Olympic year - the year that matters most - and I do believe those [difficult] years are behind me. My biggest change was moving coach in January this year. It meant a different approach to training and it has really benefited me a lot."