Croydon Harriers James Dasaolu opened up his 2014 indoor season with a confidence boosting victory in men’s 60m at Glasgow International Match on Saturday.
The 26-year-old zoomed past domestic rival Dwain Chambers to clock a world leading mark of 6.50sec in front of a sold-out Emirates Arena, just 0.2 seconds away from his current personal best of 6.48.
“That was a fantastic way to start my season,” said Dasaolu, the UK indoor champion from last year.
“I almost ran a PB and it was even quicker than I opened with last year.
“It gives me real confidence I can go even quicker this season, I’m looking forward to it.”
Also in Glasgow fellow Croydon resident James Ellington was second in his opening race of the season the men’s 150m.
The 28-year-old, who incidentally ran in his very first indoor 150m race, registered 15.91 while former 100m world champion Kim Collins, from Saint Kitts & Nevis, clocked 15.81.
“It was different but it was fun,” said the Team GB regular.
“I can’t be disappointed, it was a decent race. I’m going to double in the indoor season then see how it goes, I’ll try some 60s.
“I don’t normally do indoors, I’m normally still doing heavy training for the outdoor season. If I do get speed now then that will prepare me for the outdoors.”