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Parents' joy as son wins athletics gold in Zurich

James Dasaolu wins gold in the European Athletics Championships. Photo: Press Association.

Two very proud parents in Norwich have been celebrating today after their son won the men's 100m final at the European Athletics Championships last night.

Abosede and Akintola Dasaolu, who are originally from Nigeria, watched from home as their eldest son James became the fastest man in Europe.

Today, as the family headed to the newsagents they run in Heartsease, there was more reason than usual to check out the day's newspaper headlines.

Twenty-six-year-old James Dasaolu took gold for Britain at the European Championships in Zurich last night.

James was expected to do well in the race although he wasn't the favourite.

But his father said he has been hopeful.

"I was fairly confident that he was going to do it, but you still have your lingering doubts as he is somebody who doesn't even give anything away to us at home. He doesn't tell us 'Dad I'm fine'."

– Akintola Dasaolu, James' father.
James Dasaolu's family check out the morning's headlines following his gold medal success. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

James' mother said she could not watch her son racing live and instead watched a recording later in the evening.

But younger brothers Emmanuel and Jeremiah, and sister Candy, were definitely not going to miss the race.

James Dasaolu's brothers and sister. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

"We were recording it at the same time and all of us were screaming, it was so good."

– Jeremiah Dasaolu, James' brother.
James Dasaolu as a child. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

James's parents said he first got into athletics seriously when he was studying at Loughborough University but as a little boy was always on the move and never lost a race at school.

But James is not the only one with a talent for athletics. Younger brother Jeremiah competes at county level and his sister is also hoping to follow in the fast footsteps of her big brother.

And, like all siblings, they're out to beat him.

To hear more from James' family, click below.