Although he didnt get a chance to compete, he did get enough
of a sniff to make earning a spot on the 2008 Olympic team his number
Following the Olympics in Athens in 2004, Adu-Bobie went to the
University of Florida where he placed third in the 60 yard dash
at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Unfortunately
that same spring, he injured his leg and had to miss most of the
Two years later he transferred to Texas A&M where he gradually
improved his times. After finishing fourth in the 100 metres at
the Canadian Championships last summer he ran the opening leg on
the 4x100 metre relay team that won a silver medal at the Pan Am
Games in Brasil and competed at the World Championships in Japan.
Entering his final year at Texas A&M, Adu-Bobie was hoping
to build on the experience in his continuing develop.m.ent as a world
After a so-so indoor season, he had an impressive outdoor campaign
including a personal best 10.25 in the 100 metre final at the NCAA
Midwest Regional Championships which earned him an invitation to
the NCAA Finals where he placed 11th overall and helped the Aggies
to a second place finish in the 4x100 relay.
Heading into the Canadian Championships in Windsor earlier this
month, Adu-Bobie was hoping to repeat his top four performance of
a year ago and earn a starting berth on the Olympic relay team.
Instead he placed a disappointing sixth and is once again facing
the prospect of going to the Olympic Games as an alternate.
Its frustrating. I know I can be a great sprinter
and could be one of the four to
represent the country, says Adu-Bobie. But I cant
let it frustrate me. I have to keep fit and keep a positive attitude
because you never know.
One of the things the 23-year-old sprinter has going for him is
his international experience. Besides competing at the Pan Am Games
last year he also took part in the relay at the 2005, 2006 and 2007
That experience combined with a good pre-Olympic training camp
in Singapore could earn him a spot on the team in one of the earlier
rounds in Beijing.
I hope so. Thats my goal. I just have to stay positive
and work hard and see what happens, says Adu-Bobie.
After the Olympics, Adu-Bobie plans to stay in Ottawa and continue
to train with former Olympic gold medalist Glenroy Gilbert. If he
needs additional motivation he can look to sprinters like Donovan
Baily who competed in the 1996 OIympics in Atlanta at the ripe old
age of 29.