Opelika man to compete in 2016 Olympics

Opelika man to compete in 2016 Olympics

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - An Opelika man is getting ready to compete in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil this August.

Monzavious Edwards, 35, will be the oldest competitor in the 100-meter dash, representing Nigeria.

Edwards graduated from Opelika High School, his dual citizenship has allowed him to compete nine times for the U.S. and Nigeria in the World Championships and Pan American games.

It took him 16 years to get to the Olympics, but never lost sight of his dream.

"You can never give up on your goals, it's like a magnetic force you will get there if you keep your mind on that target, it will happen in two years, five or in my case 16, but it is going to feel good when you get there," Edwards said.

Edwards credits his mother for his perseverance, saying she always told him "can't never could."

He's fast too! His official time in the 100 meter is 9.95 and averages 25.3 miles an hour on the treadmill.

We wish this Opelika native good luck in August!

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