This Day (Lagos)

30 April 2014

Nigeria: Greene Tips Team Nigeria to Get Better

The Relays Co-coordinator of Team Nigeria's Track and Field, American Maurice Greene, has predicted that the country's four relays team, the men and women's 4x100m and the 4x400m have very good chances of making podium appearance at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Greene, a world and Olympics champion in the 100m joined Team Nigeria late April ahead of the just concluded Mt. Sac and Penns Relays in the United States of America.

Greene said Nigerian athletes have what it takes to succeed in Glasgow. "It is still early in the season, and the time they returned at the two meets are encouraging. The men's teams improved on the time they clocked at the Mt. Sac Relays at the Penns Relay. The women's teams are up there, especially the 4x400m women.

They have the leading time in the Commonwealth today, by the time it get to July and August, they will be the team to beat in the event, and the women by 4x100m is not yet complete, by the time Blessing Okagbare joins the team, they will give other countries a tough fight for the gold medal," stressed the former world record holder.

Greene commended his colleagues, coaches Eric Campbell and Gabriel Okon, for the good work they did before he joined the team. "We all blend together, we work like a team, and we are open and friendly with each other. We all know our roles and there is no problem at all. I also commend the athletes, they are hardworking and ready to learn new ways of doing things"

Greene is looking forward to coming home to Nigeria for AFN/CRS All Nigeria Athletics Championships which serves as trail for the Commonwealth Games,

" am looking forward to June, I can't wait, am sure it will be fun' said Greene.

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