11 a.m., July 16)
native named to Canadian Olympic team
By Fred Sherwin
native Oluwasegun Makinde will be heading to his second
Olympic games in Rio next month after being selected by
Athletics Canada as a member of the 4x100 metre relay
Makinde takes a selfie with four fellow members
of the Ottawa Lions Track Club who will be
going to Rio de Janeiro to represent Canada
at the Summer Olympics next month. Facebook
finished fifth in the 100 metres at the recent Canadian
Championships despite suffering an injury earlier this
year that severely limited his training.
25-year-old first Ottawa Lions member represented his
country at the World Youth Championships in 2007. He would
go on to compete at the World Junior Championships in
2009, the World University Games in 2011 and 2013, and
the Jeux de la Francophonie in 2013 where he won gold
in the 100-metres and the 4x100 metre relay.
was also named to the 4x100 relay team at the 2012 Olympic
Games in London as an alternate, and while he trained
with the team he didn't actually compete in any of he
surprisingly, Makinde is thrilled to be going to his second
back off my injury, I wasn't sure whether I'd be considered
for the team. So to get named is a real honour. I'm pretty
pumped," says Makinde.
the starting four members of the team won't be named until
they get to Rio, Makinde will mostly likely serve as an
alternate and only compete if one of the starters goes
down with a injury.
the meantime. he will travel with the rest of the track
and field team to London where they will compete in a
two day Diamond League event next weekend.
will then return home for a couple of days before heading
off to Rio, As for any concerns about the Zika virus which
has resulted in a number of high profile athletes in golf
and tennis taking a pass on the Games including Milos
Roanic, Makinde says he's not worried at all.
kept pretty isolated in the athletes village and the (Canadian
Olympic) team has an excellent group of doctors, so I'm
not worried at all. It'll be fine."
Olympic Games get underway on August 5 with the opening
ceremonies. More than 10,500 athletes from 206 different
countries will compete in 28 different sports over the
course of the 16 day event.
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