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Former Wildkit Makes Olympic Debut Monday

Seun Adigun, who attended Orrington, Kingsley and Haven schools as well as Evanston Township High School, will compete in the 100-meter hurdles for Nigeria.

Nine years ago, Seun Adigun helped bring home a track and field state championship to . 

Today, the former Wildkit is getting ready to race the 100-meter hurdles in London as part of the 2012 Olympics. 

Adigun, 25, will compete for Nigeria, the country where her parents were born. But she said she considers Evanston—where she spent 11 years of her childhood—to be her “true home.” 

Born in Chicago, Adigun attended , , and Evanston Township High School, where she ran track and field her freshman and sophomore years and played on the freshman A, sophomore and varsity basketball teams. 

In the middle of her junior year at ETHS, Adigun transferred to Homewood-Flossmoor High School, where she set school records in the hurdles. Her senior year, she placed second in the 100-meter hurdles at the state track—losing by one-fourth of a second to Wildkit Shalina Clarke.

In fact, both hurdlers almost had a rematch in London. While Adigun was training for the Nigerian team, her high school competitor was getting ready for the Jamaican Olympic trials. Clarke just missed making the squad in early July, when she placed ninth in the semifinals. 

Following her high school success, Adigun went on to the University of Houston. She racked up school records for the Cougars and took third place in the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA championship meet her senior year. She currently works as an assistant coach for the University of Houston’s track and field team. 

Going into the preliminary 100-meter hurdle race on Monday, Adigun told Patch she is “completely excited.”

“I've waited four years for this moment and it has finally arrived,” she says. “I'm looking to run the race of my life!”

Prelims go off at 10:05 a.m. Monday in London, with the semifinals and finals taking place on Tuesday. 

Richard Schulte August 05, 2012 at 12:36 PM
"Born in Chicago, Adigun attended Kingsley Elementary School, Orrington Elementary School, Haven Middle School and Evanston Township High School. . . ." If you own a german shepard dog, can you compete in the Olympics representing Germany? I'm a bit confused. Maybe it's just me.
Jennifer Fisher August 06, 2012 at 05:59 AM
Richard, I believe it all depends on the citizenship rules of another country. You don't necessarily have to have been born in many countries to become a citizen, so long as a parent (or in some cases, even a grandparent) was born there. I haven't heard about this rule extending to dogs, however :)
Mark T August 06, 2012 at 06:32 AM
It works both ways. Brett Hull (hockey) played for the USA in the Olympics. He was born in Canada, raised in Canada (except for when he was 4-7 years old), but had dual citizenship. He played for the USA in 98 and 02.

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