Olusoji Adetokunbo FASUBA

Athlete Profile

    Nigeria Nigeria
    09 JUL 1984
Olusoji Fasuba after his win in Abuja (Louisette Thobi)


Discipline Performance Wind Venue Date Records Results Score
100 Metres 9.85 +1.7 Doha (QAT) 12 MAY 2006 AR, NR 1259
200 Metres 20.52 0.0 Boudewijnstadion, Bruxelles (BEL) 03 SEP 2004 1139
4x100 Metres Relay 38.23 Olympic Stadium, Athina (GRE) 28 AUG 2004 1208


* Not legal.


Discipline Performance Wind Venue Date Records Results Score
50 Metres 5.76 Liévin (FRA) 28 FEB 2004 1133
60 Metres 6.49 Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart (GER) 03 FEB 2007 1215
200 Metres 21.93 Frankfurt-Kalbach (GER) 02 FEB 2005 997


* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2016


Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records Results Score
100 Metres 11.04 NWI Cosford (GBR) 13 JUL 2016 844


100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2014 10.87 Yeovil (GBR) 17 MAY 2014
2013 10.98 Cosford (GBR) 03 JUL 2013
2012 10.92 -1.9 Loughborough (GBR) 13 JUN 2012
2009 10.20 +0.5 Salamanca (ESP) 08 JUL 2009
2008 10.10 +1.2 Addis Abeba (ETH) 01 MAY 2008
2007 10.07 -0.5 Nagai Stadium, Osaka (JPN) 26 AUG 2007
2006 9.85 +1.7 Doha (QAT) 12 MAY 2006
2005 10.09 Nairobi (KEN) 07 MAY 2005
2004 10.09 +0.3 Abuja (NGR) 08 JUL 2004
2003 10.15 -0.6 Hyderabad (IND) 30 OCT 2003
2002 10.52 Benin City (NGR) 10 APR 2002


200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2007 20.86 -0.4 Palermo (ITA) 30 SEP 2007
2005 20.60 -0.1 Dakar (SEN) 03 APR 2005
2004 20.52 0.0 Boudewijnstadion, Bruxelles (BEL) 03 SEP 2004


4x100 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2007 38.43 Nagai Stadium, Osaka (JPN) 31 AUG 2007
2006 39.63 Bambous (MRI) 11 AUG 2006
2005 39.29 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki (FIN) 12 AUG 2005
2004 38.23 Olympic Stadium, Athina (GRE) 28 AUG 2004
2003 38.58 Stade de France, Paris-St-Denis (FRA) 30 AUG 2003


50 Metres

Performance Place Date
2003/04 5.76 Liévin (FRA) 28 FEB 2004


60 Metres

Performance Place Date
2014/15 6.76 Eton (GBR) 08 FEB 2015
2011/12 6.95 Sheffield (GBR) 15 FEB 2012
2009/10 6.67 Karlsruhe (GER) 31 JAN 2010
2008/09 6.78 Velódromo Luis Puig, Valencia (ESP) 14 FEB 2009
2007/08 6.51 Velódromo Luis Puig, Valencia (ESP) 09 FEB 2008
2006/07 6.49 Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart (GER) 03 FEB 2007
2005/06 6.55 Chemnitz (GER) 03 MAR 2006
2004/05 6.51 Chemnitz (GER) 25 FEB 2005
2003/04 6.50 Chemnitz (GER) 27 FEB 2004


200 Metres

Performance Place Date
2004/05 21.93 Frankfurt-Kalbach (GER) 02 FEB 2005

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 4x100 Metres Relay 38.23 Olympic Stadium, Athina (GRE) 28 AUG 2004

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 100 Metres 10.07 -0.5 Nagai Stadium, Osaka (JPN) 26 AUG 2007
4. 4x100 Metres Relay 38.89 Stade de France, Paris-St-Denis (FRA) 31 AUG 2003

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 60 Metres 6.51 Velódromo Luis Puig, Valencia (ESP) 07 MAR 2008
5. 60 Metres 6.58 Olimpiyskiy Stadion, Moskva (RUS) 10 MAR 2006

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 4x100 Metres Relay 39.63 Bambous (MRI) 11 AUG 2006
1. 100 Metres 10.37 -1.9 Bambous (MRI) 10 AUG 2006
1. 100 Metres 10.21 0.0 Brazzaville (CGO) 15 JUL 2004
1. 100 Metres 10.10 +1.2 Addis Abeba (ETH) 01 MAY 2008

Honours - All-African Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 100 Metres 10.18 +0.6 Algiers (ALG) 19 JUL 2007

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 100 Metres 10.11 +0.9 Melbourne (AUS) 20 MAR 2006

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 100 Metres 10.32 -3.0 Lagos (NGR) 19 MAY 2007
1. 100 Metres 10.13 +0.2 Abuja (NGR) 11 FEB 2006
Results in:

100 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
13 JUL 2016 Cosford GBRGBR F F 1. 11.04 NWI

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Updated 3 August 2008

Olusoji Adetokunbo FASUBA, Nigeria (100m)  

Born 9 July 1984


Grew up in Sapele, Delta State, South Nigeria.

Attended International Junior Primary School and Merit More Secondary School, both in Sapele.

Eldest of three children. Father a civil servant, mother a housewife. She is Jamaican, cousin of 1976 Olympic 200m champion Don Quarrie.

Wife is Ngozi Nwokocha, a 400m athlete

One of the few Nigerian sprinters who did not progress through the country’s age-grade ranks, Olusoji Fasuba, was nevertheless a champion in his teenage years. He gained a scholarship to Merit More Secondary School, in Sapele, because of his running. And, unlike most young Nigerians, who steal time to run or play football on the streets, Fasuba received strong backing from his parents.

Fasuba’s mother was a sprinter growing up in Jamaica, a cousin of Don Quarrie. She encouraged him to keep up his running even in the face of challenging studies at the respected Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, south-west Nigeria. “Those were difficult times for me,” he says. “But I have always been encouraged by what my mother once said: ‘Quitters never win.’ So I had to dump school for athletics and, looking back now, I think I have made the best decision.”

Fasuba was convinced that his future would be on the track and never once did he think of playing football, volleyball or basketball, although he was his school captain in all four sports. “I will call myself a Jack Of All Trades,” he says. “But I enjoy athletics more, and I was always the fastest. In fact, while I was in primary school, secondary schools around Sapele used to use me as a mercenary to run for them.”

Fasuba came to national prominence in Nigeria in October 2003, when he ran a 10.15 PB to win the 100m title at the inaugural Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad. He had, however, made himself known as a rising star two months earlier. On 18 August, in Germany, he ran 10.29, which persuaded officials to give him the starting role in Nigeria’s 4x100m relay team at the World Championships, in Paris, and at the All Africa Games, in Abuja, even though he had finished only 6th at the national trials the preceding month. The team finished 4th in Paris (missing a medal by 0.02 seconds) and 2nd in Abuja.

In 2004, Fasuba began the year with a 6.50 PB for 60m indoors, in Chemnitz, Germany, the third fastest time in the world that year and the second fastest 60m ever run by a Nigerian indoors. Unfortunately, he injured himself the following day in Liévin and did not recover in time for the World Indoor Championships, in Budapest, where he crashed out in the first round (6.78).

Outdoors Fasuba improved his 100m PB to 10.09 in the national championships Semi-Final (the time put him at No.12 on the Nigerian all-time list), but he came up short in the Final, finishing 3rd (10.19), albeit showing a marked improvement on his 6th the year before. He had better luck in the African Championships, in Brazzaville, a few days later, taking gold in 10.21. In his first Olympics, in Athens, he contributed to the Nigerian 4x100m quartet’s bronze medal (38.23).

After the Olympics, Fasuba put out a call through the IAAF Forums to find a coach, which was answered by a young Frenchman, Pierre-Jean Vazel. Describing his athlete, Vazel emphasised his physical potential and aptitude for assimilating instructions, attributes which Fasuba himself has never had any doubts over. He is convinced that his Nigerian/Jamaican parentage predisposes him to be a good sprinter.

Fasuba began the 2005 season as he had 2004, with a blazing 60m victory in Chemnitz (6.51, 4th fastest of the year). At Nigeria’s national championships, however, he finished 2nd (10.14) to Uchenna Emedolu. He reached the Semi-Finals at the World Championships, in Helsinki, finishing 5th in his heat (10.18) behind his former countryman, Francis Obikwelu, now of Portugal. In the 200m he was eliminated in the Quarter-Finals, placing 8th (21.92/-3.7mps).

In his preparation for 2006, Fasuba added easy weightlifting sessions to his training regimen and he was soon in shape, winning the national trials, in Abuja, on 11 February (10.13). But visa troubles made him miss several indoor meetings and he was short of competition come the World Indoor Championships, in Moscow, where he finished 5th in the 60m, his first individual global final (6.58).

Despite the tight schedule for overcoming jetlag, Fasuba headed from Moscow for the Commonwealth Games, in Melbourne. Leading at mid-race in the Final, he finished 2nd (10.11) behind Jamaica's World record holder, Asafa Powell (10.03).

Back in Nigeria, Fasuba sustained a hamstring injury due to difficult training conditions. Unwilling to withdraw from Abuja's African meet on 6 May, he decided to take it easy, but surprised himself with a time of 10.26. Six days later Fasuba made a sensational breakthrough, improving his personal best to 9.92 then 9.85 (African record) in Doha, only to be defeated by Justin Gatlin's scorching finish (Gatlin equalled Powell’s World record of 9.77 but the performance was subsequently annulled for a drugs offence). 

Since this, the Nigerian sprinter has not been able to find the fine tuning that allowed him to break the 10 second barrier in Doha. Four days later he suffered an insect bite in Nigeria, causing an infection that weakened him for some time. His best times since then were recorded in Lausanne (10.09) and Rome (10.12) on 11 and 14 July.

The poor wind conditions at the African Championships, in Mauritius, precluded fast times and Fasuba just went to retain his African title and clinch his selection for the World Cup in Athens. Based in Athens since June 2006, Fasuba would not have had far to travel to the World Cup stadium but, sadly, he was late withdrawal due to a hamstring injury.

Fasuba enjoyed a successful 2007 indoor 60m season, dipping five times under 6.60 and setting a PB 6.49, the world’s second quickest of the year. But his summer record has been inconsistent. Following a good opening in Dakar (10.17) and Abuja (10.16), he went through a period of doubt following his victory in the national championships on 19 May (10.32/-3mps). Between mid-May and mid-July, he competed only twice, with below par results. But he bounced back to win the All Africa Games 100m in Algiers (10.18) and anchor Nigeria to gold in the 4x100m.

Not tipped as a major contender prior to the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Fasuba pulled through quite well, qualifying for an outdoor World Final for the first time, before producing a season’s best of 10.07 for credible 4th  behind medallists Tyson Gay, Derrick Atkins and Asafa Powell. But he didn’t have any significant results in one-day meets later in the season.

An indoor specialist, Fasuba headed for the 2008 World Indoor Championships, in Valencia, as a key contender, having recorded the season’s World best performance for 60m (6.51) there on 9 February. Withstanding pressure and calves cramps in the final stages, he managed to clinch his first title in a global championship, equalling his season’s best twice, in the Semi-Final and the Final.

Following his World title in Valencia on 7 March, Fasuba did not have much time to rest as the African Championships followed just seven weeks later. Heading into Addis Ababa as indisputable favourite, the Nigerian managed to add another continental title to his tally in 10.10, despite suffering from the effects of high altitude.

After peaking twice early on in the season, Fasuba has had difficulties getting back his rhythm. Two months after confirming his African crown, his supremacy was surprisingly contested twice by young guns at home. At the Abuja AAC meeting, on 23 June, he finished second to Adetoyi Durotoye (10.18 against 10.14). One week later, he was edged by one hundredth of second by Obinna Metu at the National Championships (10.18 to 10.17) after setting the best time of the competition in Semi-Final (10.14).

Will his experience of major competition be enough to enable Fasuba to bounce back at the Olympics?

Personal Bests
60m (indoors): 6.49 (2007)
100m: 9.85 (2006)

Yearly Progression
(60/100/200): 2003: - /10.15/ -; 2004:  6.50 / 10.09 / 20.52; 2005: 6.51 / 10.09A / 20.60; 2006: 6.55 / 9.85; 2007: 6.49 / 10.07; 2008: 6.51/10.10A

Career Highlights
2003 1st Afro Asian Games (10.15)
2004 1st  African Championships (10.21)
2004 3rd  Olympic Games, 4x100m
2005 5th  World Indoor Championships (6.58)
2006  2nd  Commonwealth Games (10.11)
2006 1st African Championships (10.37)
2007 1st All Africa Games (10.18)
2007 4th World Championships (10.07)
2008 1st World Indoor Championships (6.51)
2008 1st African Championships (10.10A)

Prepared by Carole Fuchs and Dare Esan for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. © IAAF 2006-2008.


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