Athletics: James Dasaolu suffers suspected thigh strain at Birmingham event

Last Updated: 16/02/14 10:37pm

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James Dasaolu: Injury concern for British sprinter

James Dasaolu: Injury concern for British sprinter

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James Dasaolu could be forced to miss the World Indoor Championships after suffering an injury scare on Saturday.

The 26-year-old left the track at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena in a wheelchair with an ice pack on his leg after suffering a suspected thigh strain, a major setback with just three weeks to go until the World Indoors.

Dasaolu in fact won the 60 metres at the Sainsbury's Indoor Grand Prix in 6.50 seconds, but clutched his left leg straight after crossing the line.

"My left leg felt tight at about 40-50m. I think it's cramp, but I'll go and see the doctors and see what they say."
James Dasaolu

The seriousness of the injury was not known - British Athletics medical staff said he was due to undergo further assessment on Monday - but the blow could not have come at a worse time for the Londoner.

He ran the fastest time in the world this year, 6.47secs, to win his heat, and was a genuine gold medal contender for the World Indoors.

The championships get under way in Poland on March 7, with the British team to be selected on Monday and named the following day.

Dasaolu said: "My left leg felt tight at about 40-50m. I think it's cramp, but I'll go and see the doctors and see what they say."

Another Briton, Dwain Chambers, was fourth in 6.56s and should on the plane to Poland.

World record

Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba set her third world record in 15 days in winning over two miles.

The 23-year-old obliterated the field at the National Indoor Arena to cross the line in nine minutes 00.48 seconds, breaking her compatriot Meseret Defar's mark from 2009 by almost six seconds.

Dibaba had already broken the indoor 1500m and 3000m records earlier in February.

Despite Dasaolu's injury, there was plenty to cheer for British athletes, with no-one more impressive than 20-year-old Laura Muir, who smashed the Scottish record in winning the 1500m.

Muir kicked at the bell and had enough strength to hold off a high-quality field to cross the line in 4:05.32, the third fastest time in the world this year and the second fastest time ever by a British woman indoors behind Kelly Holmes.

Muir leads the world rankings over 800m - the distance at which she is set to compete at the World Indoors - and her potential is growing with every race.

"I was really shocked, I didn't know I could run that fast," she said. "I felt really good and I found myself holding myself back at some points so it was really good."

Holly Bleasdale continued her good form with victory in the pole vault in 4.71m, her third consecutive jump over 4.70m, suggesting she is finding the consistency to go with her talent.

Rutherford return

Nigel Levine looked impressive in winning the 400m in a personal best 45.71.

Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford marked his first and only indoor competition of the season with an 8.00m jump for third place.

"That was absolutely brilliant from my point of view," said Rutherford, who revealed he was going to give the World Indoors a miss to focus on getting ready to go for gold at the Commonwealths in Glasgow.

"I came back from a massive injury (to his hamstring) last year which I was worried I was going to affect the rest of my career and I've managed to jump three jumps better than any British athlete has done this year."

Andrew Osagie ran the second fastest indoor 800m by a Briton after Sebastian Coe as he finished fourth in 1:45.22

"I'm massively happy with that," said the Essex athlete.

Elsewhere, Asha Philip finished an impressive third in the 60m, Robbie Grabarz was third in the high jump and Tiffany Porter second in the 60m hurdles.

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