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I didn't give up on the Olympic dream – Ibadin

Nigerian 800m runner Edose Ibadin, who’s competing within the Paris Olympics for the primary time, has stated he by no means gave up on his dream of representing Nigeria on the world sporting extravaganza. After 12 years, the occasion has turn into a actuality. He needs to ship a message of reassurance to different athletes who had been unable to make it to this 12 months’s occasion, which might be held from July 26 to August 11, RexGists Sports activities Additional studies.

Ibadin has been in excessive spirits since being added to the 35-member Nigerian athletic contingent, which was introduced by AFN final Saturday.

The 31-year-old is competing on the Olympic Video games for the primary time, however has already represented Nigeria on the African Video games (2019 and 2023) and the World Championships (2019).

He’s the one 800 meters athlete within the Nigerian workforce.

“To everybody who didn't make the Olympic workforce, I need to say this: your effort was not in useless; there’s nonetheless a complete season to go, so go for it on the observe and let your self really feel every part; this setback doesn’t outline you,” Ibadin wrote on X.

“Consider me, I’ve been there. I’ve missed groups as a result of I didn’t have the usual and didn’t carry out as I needed. However remembering what I can do helped loads, and I received proper again on observe after permitting myself to be unhappy and annoyed.”

In January 2012, the American athlete posted a message about his need to take part within the Olympic Video games and referred to the message on Saturday.

“After I tweeted this I used to be 18 and a freshman in faculty. 12 years later I'm now 31 and going to my first Olympics later this month.

“I solely received one scholarship supply. By no means made an NCAA closing. I didn't have a contract once I received out of school. At all times wager on your self.”

Ibadin at present holds the nationwide document within the 800 m with a time of 1:44.65, which he ran in July 2023 on the Thomas O. Berg Observe in Washington, DC, USA.

He gained bronze with the lads's 4x400m workforce on the 2019 African Video games in Morocco and was additionally a part of the lads's 4x100m workforce within the first spherical of the 2023 version, held in Ghana earlier this 12 months.

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