British sprinter James Dasaolu to undergo surgery successfully crowd-funding a career-saving operation
- James Dasaolu requires urgent surgery on an Achilles injury to save his career
- He has managed to raise the required £9000 through a gofundme page
- Former European 100m champion lost British Athletics funding two years ago
Riath Al-Samarrai for the Daily Mail
Former European 100m champion James Dasaolu will undergo surgery next week after successfully crowd-funding a career-saving operation.
The 31-year-old, who won the British title in 2016 on the back of the 2014 European gold, feared his career could be over after rupturing his Achilles tendon last week.
But after an appeal via a gofundme page, he has passed the £9,000 needed for the procedure.
James Dasaolu requires urgent surgery or he faces the possible end of his athletics career
His page, which is seeking £25,000 in total to cover his rehabilitation, shows he received significant donations from his British team-mates, including Adam Gemili and Dina Asher-Smith.
The sprinter has been outside the British Athletics funding programme since 2016 and faced having to give up on top-level competition without outside financial assistance.
Dasaolu’s 9.91sec personal best is jointly the second fastest in British history,
Dasaolu has won two European Championship golds – the 2014 100m and 2016 4x100m