Born in 1987, Seun Adigun is a 5’5’’ Nigerian-American bobsledder and track and field athlete. She has participated in from 60 metres hurdles to 4 × 100 metres relay. Specializing in 100 metres hurdles, Adigun has successfully become a three-time Nigerian National Champion and a two-time African Continental Champion.
Adigun attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School, And studied at the University of Houston where she received a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with a minor in psychology. Later, at the same university, Adigun mastered physical education-motor behaviour, Specialising in injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Seun Adigun the Early years
Adigun grew up playing many games and one of her favourites was basketball. She was an avid basketball player in high school and her coach advised her to be a track and field athlete. Because of her ability to sprint and hurdling, she got much attention and she focused primarily on track. later receiving a scholarship to the University of Houston. Where she became a member of the women’s track and field team. Finally attending at the University of Houston for four years and received a bronze medal finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She ended her collegiate career with All-American status there.
Further Career and medals
Adigun went on to run track professionally, representing Nigeria in the 100m hurdles and the 4 x 100m relay and competed all over the African continent. Then became the part of competitions such as the World Championships, World Indoor Championships, and Continental Cup from 2009 to 2012 but could not get remarkable results what she wanted. Her success came when participating at the 2010 African Championships in the 2011 All-Africa Games. She won gold in 100 m hurdles in both competitions back to back.
Switch to bobsled
2012 was the peak of her indoor athletic career when she participated at the Indoor World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, Finishing eighth. She also competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics but did not qualify and the Olympics ended without fruit. After the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, like other track and field athletes, she made the switch to bobsled team.
As a result, she founded the Nigerian bobsled team in 2016. She also became the part of the 2015-2016 North American Cup with pilot Nicole Vogt where she earned gold and bronze in park city. And in the North American Cup with pilot Brittany Reinbolt, Finishing 6th and earning silver in Calgary. Adigun represented Nigeria at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. Becoming the first African Bobsled driver to lead a team from Nigeria to Olympic Games in 2018. Her unprecedented achievements at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games increased her global audience. Since 2016, Adigun has been the part of the Nigerian Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria. And has also mentored high school students in Nigeria and championed fundraising efforts for children and youth in her home state of Texas.
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