The first presser of the Doha DL week was Femi Ogunode, Qatar’s finest sprinter and a four time Asian Games champion. Matched with Femi was LaShawn Merritt, one of the finest 400 meter runners of his generation, Olympic and World Champion as well.
While LaShawn Merritt has been to the top of the food chain in the 400 meters, and he has tremendous competition, he presented himself as a man renewed, with a new coach, with strong speed over 200 meters and his finest start ever over 400 meters (44.2).
Femi Ogunode is the best sprinter of his region. His goal? ” To be in the top three in both the 100 meters and 200 meters in RIO.” Tall goals. In the 200 meters in Doha, in front of his home crowd, Femi Ogunode wants to win and win big.
Here is the interview we did with Femi and LaShawn on May 3, 2016, in Doha, Qatar.