Damola Osayomi was a shadow of her sprinting self at the All Nigeria/ Cross River Championships. She was pathetic and many of her admirers wondered what became of an athletics gladiator. Osayomi did not make the cut for the African Championships currently running in Port Novo, Benin Republic and the London 2012 Olympics an indication that she is totally out of shape, but Osayomi humbled by the concern of her many well wishers, has vowed to return after ‘recharging her batteries’.
The 2007 and 2011 All Africa Games 100m champion, declared that circumstances made her lose her desire to compete. She admitted that she did not train adequately for the challenge of running at the London 2012 Olympics.
“I had a lot of issues and there was no motivation to compete. Right now I don’t even care if I go to the Olympics or not, let’s take it that this is not my year and every athlete has their ups and downs,” said Osayomi whose bravado earned Nigeria a 4x100m bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
Osayomi, a power runner is the only Nigerian woman that has gone under 11 seconds in recent times. She ran 10.99 seconds in Brazil last year and she proved that it was not a fluke when she won the Muputo 2011 All Africa Games, beating race favourite Blessing Okagbare to the gold.“Former athletes and coaches called me and spoke to me with concern. I realise now that if I don’t motivate myself nobody will, I will not go down like this. “I will go recharge my batteries and I will be back,” assured Osayomi.