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Mark Jelks glad to rep Nigeria

14 July 2014, 15:57

Lagos - Nigeria’s new 100m sprint champion, Mark Jelks, reveals why he chose to run for Nigeria.

The American changed allegiance from the United States after he served a two year doping ban that ended in 2012.

“It is a privilege to run for the United States, however, for as long as I live in the United States I will always be labelled as African American,” revealed the 30-year-old.

“I’ve decided to embrace my fore-title. Now, I can say it is just as big of a privilege to be a representative of Nigeria. There is no anger or animosity towards the anti-doping agency in the United States [in terms of the ban]. USDA executed the job it was designed to do.”

Jelks also indicated that the biggest challenge he faces at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is from the Jamaican contingent.

“I recognize and respect what Jamaica is doing in the sprints, but that does not change my mindset going into the games,” he added.

“I’m working extremely hard to be the best that I can be, the best that my mind tells me, to win. I go into each race already considered that I have won already, it is just a matter of execution when the gun sounds.”

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