Friday, February 17, 2012

Fastest man in Africa joins the Navy

A People In Defence news article

16 Feb 12

A former Nigerian sprinter, who is the holder of the African record at 100 metres, is among the latest recruits to qualify as a Royal Navy logistics specialist at HMS Raleigh.

Able Seaman Fasuba (right) during Exercise Daring Leap

Able Seaman Fasuba (right) during Exercise Daring Leap, one of the three extended exercises in the course of his 10-week initial naval training course
[Picture: Dave Sherfield, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]

Logistician (Supply Chain) Olusoji Fasuba joined the Royal Navy last May. After his 10-week initial naval training course, he transferred to the Defence Maritime Logistics School in October 2011 for his 12-week professional course and is now ready to take up his first posting within the logistics department at HM Naval Base Devonport.

The 27-year-old took up running from a young age. He became a champion in his teen years and was part of the Nigerian team that took the bronze medal in the 4 x 100m relay at the Athens Olympics in 2004.

Fasuba won gold medals at the All African games in 2007 in both the 100 metres and as part of the 4 x 100m relay team. He also took the gold medal at the Indoor Championships at 60 metres in 2008. Fasuba achieved his personal 100m best of 9.85 seconds, and established a new African record for 100m at the Doha Grand Prix in 2006.

Looking for a more settled life for himself and his wife, Ngozi, a fellow athlete, and daughter, Annabelle, aged seven months, Fasuba decided to hang up his track shoes for a career in the Royal Navy.

Now living in Plymouth with his family, Fasuba said:

"I've had a very good career in athletics and been there with the big boys, but I was looking to the future and wanted to settle....

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