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Steve Cram excited for the sprints ahead of the British Championships

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The British Championships take place in Birmingham this weekend with many expecting the men's 100 metres to be the highlight of the two days.

With Chijinju Ujah, fresh from his sensational 9.96 seconds earlier in the month, as well as fellow youngsters Adam Gemili and Richard Kilty, among others in the race, it is hotting up to be a great race.

Six-time British champion Steve Cram is certainly looking forward to it. "At the minute the sprints are catching everyone's attention and rightly so," he was quoted as saying on the Athletics Weekly website.

"There is talent bubbling under the surface and coming to the fore. With the chance of the Europeans and the Commonwealths, people have improved their performances."

And it's not just the new guard who are impressing. In that race where Ujah ran sub-10, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey was fifth in 10.08s with James Ellington ninth in a quick 10.19s.

"The juniors are running as fast as the seniors, so the sprints should be very good to watch this weekend, so this is where most of the attention will probably be," Cram added.

Ujah's season's best along with Gemili's consistent fast times since he switched to athletics from football mean they will probably be the race favourites, but everything might depend on the fitness of James Dasaolu.

The 26-year-old is doubtful for the Championships having not ran since tearing a hamstring in February.

In the same event last year, Dasaolu became the second fastest man in the country's history with a time of 9.91s.

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