HOUSTON – A U of H grad who now works as an assistant track coach for the Coogs is about to compete in her first-ever Olympic games, running the 100-meter hurdles for Nigeria.
Seun Adigun loves to compete – but she insists she’s not all business.
"If you see me before a competition, I’m just bobbing my head around, doing a little dance," Adigun said. "Once I get to the line, I’m like, ‘Hey you! How you doing? You ready to run?’"
She’s both fun and fearless. Adigun’s had two heart surgeries – the last one in 2008 – for a condition called tachycardia.
The condition can give her a rapid heart rate, but recently, it hasn’t been a problem.
Even without that, she still has a stress fracture in her left tibia to deal with.
But she's putting all of the injuries out of her mind until after the Olympic Games in London.
"It’s the motto of my life: mind over matter," she said.
Adigun was the fastest hurdler at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Meet, so making the U.S. team wasn’t out of the question. But the Chicago native wanted to run for her parents’ home country of Nigeria.
She said she knew it the minute she saw their athletes compete in Beijing.
"These Olympians have given Nigerians something positive to talk about, and I want to do that," Adigun said. "That was my whole thing – to be something positive for the Nigerian community."
At 25 years old, Adigun says her strong faith in God and the support of her family and friends have helped her get to this point in her life.
And once it’s time for her to run in London, she just wants to give it her all and do her very best.
She’s set to race in the 100-meter hurdles on August 6, 2012.