Dasaolu has eyes on prize
James Dasaolu is confident of confounding those calling him fragile by becoming the first GB sprinter to win a global 100m medal in 10 years.
Less than a month ago, the 25-year-old became the second quickest Briton of all time with a blistering run of 9.91 seconds at the British trials in Birmingham.
Only Justin Gatlin, Nesta Carter and Usain Bolt have clocked faster times in 2013, while a number of potential medallists will be missing from the World Championships that kick off this weekend.
Failed drugs tests mean sprinters Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell will not compete in Russia, while reigning champion Yohan Blake misses out in Moscow due to a hamstring injury.
Dasaolu was keen to avoid talking about those absentees, but was more forthcoming when it came to his chances of success in Moscow.
"Based on merit, if I am able to produce anything better than my best, that should be good enough to get a medal on the day," he said.
"Looking at my season as a whole, getting my first senior medal in Gothenburg, breaking 10 seconds and now everyone is talking about me hopefully being able to produce a medal.
"I am really happy with how I have progressed this season.
"It's about taking each round as it comes. First getting out of the heats, first getting out of the semis to make it to the final.
"Once I get to the final I'm going to give my best. For me, it's all about taking each round as it comes as opposed to taking things for granted."
Darren Campbell was Britain's last 100m medallist, taking bronze at the 2003 World Championships in Paris, but questions whether Dasaolu can change that all too often centre on concerns about his fitness.
Dasaolu did not compete in the British Championship final after feeling cramp in his calf following his personal best run at the semi-final juncture.
At the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games two weeks later, tightness in his hip coming out of the block saw him take the "extremely hard decision" to pull out in order to avoid tearing a muscle.
"Me and my coach are trying to get away from this tag," he said. "I don't really read the papers.
"What I look to is the team around me, my coach and the head coach Neil Black, so as long as these people are around me who believe in my body, those are the opinions I really care about.
"It's all about putting your body to the limits.
"It doesn't matter what really happened going on before Moscow so I am very confident I can do the rounds in Moscow."