James
Dasaolu

Place of birthLondon

Age33
Height6'1"
Weight90kg

James Dasaolu joined the British Bobsleigh programme in the summer of 2020, linking up with Lamin Deen ahead of the 2020/21 sliding season.

A 100m sprinter of the highest pedigree, James is aiming to compete at successive Summer and Winter Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2021, having already represented Team GB London 2012 and Rio 2016.

James ranks as the joint second fastest Briton of all time, having clocked 9.91 seconds for the 100m in Birmingham in 2013. Only 1992 Olympic Champion Linford Christie has gone quicker over that distance.

His stellar athletics career has so far featured European Championship gold in the 100m in Zurich 2014 and 4x100m gold in the same competition in Amsterdam in 2016. He was a silver medalist in the 60m at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg in 2013 and he won a medal of the same colour when representing Europe in the 100m at the Continental Cup in Marrakech a year later.

James is the latest high-profile sprinter to make the switch to bobsleigh, following in the footsteps of the likes of Montell Douglas, Joel Fearon, Mark Lewis-Francis, Craig Pickering and Simeon Williamson, all of whom have represented Great Britain in World Cup competition.

He made his racing debut with an 11th-place finish alongside Deen in the 2-man Europa Cup competition in Winterberg in December 2020 and went on to make his World cup bow a week later when he finished 19th with Deen in Igls.

A first 4-man World Cup start followed with Deen, Fearon and Ben Simons in St Moritz in January 2021 and he is in line for World Championship selection for February’s global showpiece in Altenberg.