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Toblow Unhappy With Dearth Of Quality Sprinters

Posted: Nov 23, 2015 at 7:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nigeria athletics coach, Tobias Igwe, popularly called ‘Toblow’, has said the recent performance of the country’s sprinters calls for concern Speaking to New Telegraph, the coach said Nigeria had been a force to reckon with in the past within the continent and world in general, but the reverse has been the case recently.

The country’s athletes failed to win gold in any of the sprint events at the last All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo, while also failing at the World Championships in Beijing, China. “It’s unfortunate that none of our male athletes are running sub 10secs while the females are not faring any better apart from Blessing Okagbare,” he said. “Ogho-Oghene Egwero is the fastest man in Nigeria right now, running 10.06secs which he ran in Congo.

“Now that we have the juniors coming up, we want to concentrate on them and see what we can achieve with them.” Speaking further, he said he believes the junior athletes would be ready for the Olympics next year, even if not for the individual sprints, but the relays. Toblow said:

“We have done it in the past and with proper training and motivation, we can get back to the level expected of us in world athletics. “Some of these girls are currently running 11.50secs, and with six or seven months of intensive training, they can reduce it to 11.20secs, which would be a very good time for the women’s 4x100m.

“They have distinguished themselves and that is why they are where they are at present, they have shown it at the continent level and it is time to take it to the world level.” The coach is one of the coaches currently at the Port Harcourt High Performance Centre preparing athletes ahead of the Rio Olympic Games.