Biography:

On paper, Bolade Ajomale wasn’t supposed to make the 100m final at the 2016 Canadian Championships. But that’s why the races are actually run. He achieved a personal best 10.15 seconds in the preliminaries, which put him under the Olympic entry standard for the 100m. He went on to finish fourth in the final, earning his way onto the Rio 2016 4x100m relay team. In Rio, he ran the anchor leg for the relay during the first round heats, helping Canada to advance to the final. He then watched as the Canadian men ran a national record time in the final to win the bronze medal, which he would also share. After red-shirting the 2014-15 season for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Ajomale represented Canada at the 2015 World University Games, advancing to the semifinals in both the 100m and 200m. He’d previously worn the maple leaf at the 2012 and 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.

Getting to Know…

Family: Parents Bola and Dotun Ajomale… Siblings Amanda, Anjola and Folahan… Getting into the Sport: Started running track at age 16… Always knew he was fast from his days as a soccer player… Decided to train seriously after making OFSAA without training… Outside Interests: Enjoys music and playing soccer… Sophomore at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, majoring in Advertising… Odds and Ends: Nicknames: Bo, Bugatti… Has a lucky compass coin… Collects fridge magnets from his travels… Has three playlists for competition days: “morning” for getting up and going, “track” for just before the race, “post” for the cooldown laps and stretching… Favourite quote: “I’m gonna show you how great I am” and “When you wanna succeed as bad you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful”…