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James Dasaolu gets final 100m European spot

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Dasaolu ran a season's best 10.03 in Glasgow on the weekend (©GettyImages)
Dasaolu ran a season's best 10.03 in Glasgow on the weekend (©GettyImages).

James Dasaolu has been awarded the final spot in Team GB's 100m squad for this summer's European Championships.

Dasaolu, 26, is Britain's second-fastest sprinter of all time but his place in the squad for the Championships in Zurich, Switzerland, had been in doubt after an injury-hit start to the season.

He will join British Champion Dwain Chambers and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey in the squad, while his main rival for the third spot on the team, Chijindu Ujah, will form part of the relay team.

Dasaolu missed those British Championships at the end of June after suffering a hamstring injury in February, but has since returned with times of 10.03 seconds in races in Lausanne and, most recently, the Glasgow Diamond League meet last weekend.

While the time was some way short of his stunning 9.91 from 2013's British Championships, it is still quicker than Ujah has run since the 9.96 he clocked in June.

Bright talent

Despite the supposed knock-back to Ujah, the 20-year-old took to Twitter to share his delight at being selected for the relay team.

"Made my first British Senior Team! Can only thank God. These couple of weeks have been a good experience for me and I feel that I've learnt a lot about myself, which can only help going forward.

"It's been a roller coaster but I'm just focused on giving the relay team my all."

The Championships begin in the Swiss city on August 12.

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