Mobolade Ajomale runs in the men's 4x100m relay qualifiers on August 18, 2016 during Rio 2016.

Bolade Ajomale

Canadian Olympic Medal Count

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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 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.

Ajomale competed at his first World Athletics Championships in 2017, again with the 4x100m relay team, helping them to a sixth-place finish. He won gold with the 4x100m relay at the 2018 NACAC Championships. He ran the 100m and 4x100m relay for Canada at the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games, finishing fourth in the latter.

In June 2021, Ajomale set a wind-assisted personal best in the 100m with a time of 10.07. He earned his spot for Tokyo 2020 a week later with a third-place finish at the Canadian Olympic Trials.

Ajomale ran collegiately for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He was a three-time NCAA DII champion in 2018, winning the indoor 60m as well as the 100m and 200m titles. He repeated for the 200m title in 2019. 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.

A Little More About Bolade

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… While watching the Canadian 4x100m relay lose the bronze medal at London 2012 after a lane violation he told his mother he would be on the Rio 2016 team… Outside Interests: Enjoys making videos… Majoring in Communications and Media Technologies at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco… Would like to be a sports broadcaster… Has his own podcast called Secrets Like Yours… 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: “You know what you want and you know how to get it. So what are you waiting for?”…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
2016 RioAthleticsRelay 4x100m - MenBronze

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2016 - BRONZE (4x100m relay)

Pan American Games: 2019 - 16th (100m), 4th (4x100m relay)

World Athletics Championships: 2017 - 6th (4x100m relay)

World Athletics Indoor Championships: 2016 - 10th (60m)

World Athletics Championships (junior): 2014 - 43rd (200m), DQ (4x100m relay); 2012 - 17th (100m), 15th (4x100m relay)

NACAC Championships: 2018 - GOLD (4x100m relay)

FISU Universiade: 2015 - 12th (100m), 11th (200m), 10th (4x100m relay)