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Orléans native named to Canadian Olympic team
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans native Oluwasegun Makinde will be heading to his second Olympic games in Rio next month after being selected by Athletics Canada as a member of the 4x100 metre relay team.

Segun Makinde takes a selfie with four fellow members of the Ottawa Lions Track Club who will be going to Rio de Janeiro to represent Canada at the Summer Olympics next month. Facebook photo

Makinde finished fifth in the 100 metres at the recent Canadian Championships despite suffering an injury earlier this year that severely limited his training.

The 25-year-old first Ottawa Lions member represented his country at the World Youth Championships in 2007. He would go on to compete at the World Junior Championships in 2009, the World University Games in 2011 and 2013, and the Jeux de la Francophonie in 2013 where he won gold in the 100-metres and the 4x100 metre relay.

He was also named to the 4x100 relay team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London as an alternate, and while he trained with the team he didn't actually compete in any of he races.

Not surprisingly, Makinde is thrilled to be going to his second Olympics.

"Coming back off my injury, I wasn't sure whether I'd be considered for the team. So to get named is a real honour. I'm pretty pumped," says Makinde.

Although the starting four members of the team won't be named until they get to Rio, Makinde will mostly likely serve as an alternate and only compete if one of the starters goes down with a injury.

In the meantime. he will travel with the rest of the track and field team to London where they will compete in a two day Diamond League event next weekend.

They will then return home for a couple of days before heading off to Rio, As for any concerns about the Zika virus which has resulted in a number of high profile athletes in golf and tennis taking a pass on the Games including Milos Roanic, Makinde says he's not worried at all.

"We're kept pretty isolated in the athletes village and the (Canadian Olympic) team has an excellent group of doctors, so I'm not worried at all. It'll be fine."

The Olympic Games get underway on August 5 with the opening ceremonies. More than 10,500 athletes from 206 different countries will compete in 28 different sports over the course of the 16 day event.

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