December 8, 2021

James Dasaolu: Bobsleigh World Cup debut for former Great Britain sprinter

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James Dasaolu winning gold in the 100m at the 2014 European Championships in Switzerland
James Dasaolu won gold in the 100m at the 2014 European Championships in Switzerland

Former Great Britain sprinter James Dasaolu will make his bobsleigh World Cup debut in Austria this weekend.

Dasaolu, 33, is the second fastest British sprinter in history, having set a 100m time of 9.91 seconds at the British Championships in 2013.

The former European 100m champion competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics before making the switch to bobsleigh.

He will race alongside double Olympian Lamin Deen in the two-man bobsleigh events on Saturday and Sunday.

Dasaolu made his international bobsleigh debut last week at the Europa Cup in Winterburg, Germany, where he and Deen finished eighth.

Of Britons, only Olympic Champion Linford Christie has run 100m faster than Dasaolu, setting a best time of 9.87 seconds at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart.

Former British 100m record holder Montell Douglas will also compete at the bobsleigh World Cup in the two-woman event, having made the switch from sprinting in 2017.

She will line-up with Mica McNeill in the two-women event, before McNeill takes on the new women’s monobob discipline which will make its Olympic debut at Beijing 2022.

Hall’s tribute to NHS staff

Olympian Bradley Hall's team and their sled paying tribute to NHS staff
Bradley Hall’s team are paying tribute to NHS frontline staff for their work during the coronavirus pandemic

Olympian Bradley Hall will pilot GB’s other two-man team this weekend in a sled that will pay tribute to the efforts of NHS frontline staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hall’s team, who receive no funding support from UK Sport, have decorated the sled with the logos of the NHS and seven charities close to the hearts of the GB team – instead of commercial sponsors.

Hall has included Pancreatic Cancer UK, having lost his father to the disease six years ago.

“It’s been really tough for a lot of people in the NHS working long hours and looking after people with Covid,” he told BBC Sport.

“We wanted to give something back and spread a bit of positivity.”

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