Lehman All-American To Compete For His Native Country, Guinea in Athens Olympics
Lightning Sprinter To Carry Flag In Opening Ceremonies
Bronx, NY - Former Lehman College track All-American Nabie Fofanah has been selected to participate in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Fofanah will represent his native country of Guinea in the 100 meter trials, and 200 meter trials beginning August 21st. Fofanah, the 2003 Lehman College Male Athlete of the Year, will be featured in the opening ceremonies, as he will carry the flag representing Guinea.
Reaching the level of Olympian is a status that few would predict, but no one is surprised to see Nabie Fofanah competing against the world’s best. At Lehman College, Fofanah established himself as an elite athlete by reaching the status of All-American his sophomore year and then again twice his senior year. As a senior, Fofanah won both the 100 meter and 200 meter CUNY championships. Fofanah figures to have a better chance competing in the 200 meter event, a distance where he established a CUNY record of 21.80 seconds in winning the 2003 CUNY Championships. Fofanah then went on to improve on that record time by posting a time of 21.45 seconds in placing 3rd in the NCAA championships.
Lehman College is proud to have a former athlete competing on the international stage with the whole world watching. Fofanah believes that his time at Lehman College has prepared him well for track and fields biggest stage. “At Lehman College we competed on a national level against top quality competition,” said Fofanah. The experience that I gained as a participant of the Lehman College track team will serve me well in the Olympic games.”
Fofanah’s coach Lesleigh Hogg believes that he can compete and do well in Greece. “It is great accomplishment to see Nabie compete in the 2004 Olympic games”, says Hogg. Not only will he be competing for himself and his county of Guinea, but as a former student he will give all of Lehman College a great sense of pride.”
The opening ceremonies for the 2004 Olympic games will begin on August 13th, with coverage on NBC Sports, and the USA Network. For updated information on Nabie Fofanah, visit the Lehman College athletic web site at www.lehman.cuny.edu.