Our female athletes can outpace Jamaican, US athletes at Rio Olympics — Former AFN coach




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LAGOS – Tobias Igwe, Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) coach said with adequate training Nigeria’s female athletes could beat their Jamaican and US counterparts in track events at Rio 2016 Olympics.
Igwe told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday Nigeria’s strength in track [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]events, especially 4×400 would be added advantage to its female athletes.
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“We have the 4×400 women, most of who are running 51, 52 seconds.
“They can be pushed to (run) 50 seconds, 49 seconds and will be a very good team for Nigeria in the Olympics.
“But for the coach to make an impact, he has to get gifted coaches, who can push the girls to (run) 49 seconds, 50 seconds for them to (be able to) beat Jamaica and the USA in the 4x400m (event).
is the event for which we can win medals at the Olympics.
in the 100m, 200m and the long jump and then the girls in the 4x400m.“
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He said though the performance level of the athletes in track events had fallen, AFN should be given the opportunity to raise the performance level.
He said, “I hope AFN will be able to come with a good strategy because we more athletes, who can do the country proud.“ (NAN)