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BBC interviews Nigeria’s Fastest Man Seye Ogunlewe as he prepares to run 100m Race alongside Usain Bolt



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Athlete Seye Ogunlewe was interviewed by BBC in Rio for the 2016 Olympics as he prepares for his race on the 13th of August. The Men’s 100m runner will be up against Jamaican gold medalist Olympian, Usain Bolt.

See what BBC had to say and listen to the interview.

Nigeria’s fastest man, Seye Ogunlewe, has been bracing for the men’s 100 metres at the Rio Olympics, later this week. His ultimate goal is –almost certainly– to defeat the big favourite Usain Bolt and he’s allegedly said that he will “shock the world”. The BBC’s Ben James asked him to elaborate on that, but our colleague began by asking him what its takes to confront and possibly pip a sprinting legend at the post.

Seye Ogunlewe on how he’s preparing for his race

It’s just general preparation like what we’ve been doing before. You train, eat, recover, get treatment, do a lot of psychological work, visualise the race [and] just enjoy the moment – don’t think about it too much just relax. But also think about why you’re here and the country’s flag and how you want to do the best for yourself and the country.

On Usain Bolt’s love for fries and chicken nuggets/fried chicken

Different people have different things that work for them. Some people can eat fries, chicken and still do ok some people are really rigid and want to do everything to the T you know, some of us are like that for instance you can eat fries but not a ridiculous amount of fries.

On eating Brazilian foods

Theres a variety of stuff but I’m not really too keen on going to experiment at this stage in the competition because I don’t know what is what so I just stick to what I know, maybe rice, veg [vegetables] chicken and fish. Maybe after I finish running I’ll start experimenting on different Brazilian foods or Chinese foods.

On visualising the race and finishing ahead of Usain Bolt

You can do that as well, that’s good, it’s a different side to psychology. You have to visualise yourself doing the right things concecutively and its just a process, you need to stick to your own process. You can think about it but dont let it overwhelm you and make you loose focus on what you’re meant to be doing.

On saying to the Nigerian press he’s going to shock the world at Rio

Nigerians just always just change your headline. I saw the interview and I was like, I never said that why did you say that? [They said] they were like just trying to make the headline seem very… just trying to make it seem like you’re going to shock the world and I said okay cool.

Listen to the interview here


  1. King Bae

    August 8, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Good luck Seye… such a cutie. I’ll be cheering you from all the way over here :-*
    I wish Nigerian Government invest more on our athletes… too bad, they show no pride or concern for them.

  2. Eegor

    August 8, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    But eez cute oo??Seye for gold ☺

  3. Gold

    August 8, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Go Seye! I remember you wanting this back in Atlantic Hall. I’m rooting for you OxOx

    • nene+

      August 9, 2016 at 2:45 am

      Go Seye! Best of luck

  4. aj

    August 9, 2016 at 12:00 am

    best of luck is what i wish you in being up against Usain lightning’re gonna need it.

    • ATL's finest

      August 9, 2016 at 3:35 am

      @ Am lmao.. Yeap but nothing is impossible cuz Bolt is a maniac:) I mean, does he ever loose? He reminds me of Michael Phelps. All d same, goodluck Seye!

  5. What!?

    August 9, 2016 at 1:14 am

    I knew this dude as a smallie. How time flies. I don old. No wonder grey hair de creep my head. Best of luck.

  6. good girl

    August 9, 2016 at 3:38 am

    Go Seye .. will be watching and praying for you..You can do it

  7. oluwadehbey

    August 9, 2016 at 9:15 am

    lol..saw his tweet mehn ds guy is not confident.. goodluck bro

  8. Adio_Braimoh

    August 9, 2016 at 9:39 am

    I know you can do it, I know you can break the record. Spread the eagle wind and soar to the finish line first with world record. Nigeria is presently in limelight. #TeamNigera #TeamSeye


    August 9, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Go #TeamNigeria… All the best Seye!

  10. Uche

    August 9, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Please stop wishing him goodluck, let’s start wishing him buhari instead, lol, just want to make dem understand our sincere/deepest prayers is with the contigent even though many of the her spending personal cash; more help from above, true spirit of patriotism; GO for Gold Team Nigeria

  11. Prince

    August 9, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Go #TEAMNAIJA. God’s favour

  12. Baby

    August 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    This brings back memories. I vividly recollect him being my first crush on him and melting on my chair the only time he ever walked up to talk to me. His race in school was the only one I would watch. I’m so proud of him. And I wish him the best success after Olympics.

    P. s “From Topaz to Rio” would be a nice autobiography title. That i would read

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