LONDON — Briton James Dasaolu is excited by the prospect of racing against Usain Bolt in the 100m at the Anniversary Games.
Olympic champions Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah are set to compete at the meeting to mark a year since the opening ceremony of London 2012.
Dasaolu, 25, became the second-fastest Briton in history when he ran a time of 9.91 seconds at the British Championships earlier this month.
“It’s going to be a big test for me,” he said “It’s a world-class field, two weeks before [the World Championships in] Moscow. It’s a chance for me and everyone else to see where everyone is leading up to Moscow and I can’t wait.”
Dasaolu was knocked out of last year’s Olympics at the semi-final stage, but he feels that experience has been crucial to his development.
He added: “Hopefully in Moscow I’ll be able to build on the experience that I learned a year ago. “It’s the Olympic Stadium in my home town and I just can’t wait. I know the crowd will be amazing and it will be a good experience for everyone in the race.”
Bolt’s fastest time this year is 9.94 seconds but the Jamaican, winner of the 100m and 200m at the last two Olympics and world record holder at both distances, has no concerns about facing Dasaolu in a race that will also feature Briton Dwain Chambers.
“Over the years I’ve really set the standard high. Over the years a few have really stepped up. This is just another athlete stepping up, showing his class and showing that he is up to the challenge. I thrive on competition. I look forward to competing with him,” Bolt said. (BBC)