Anthony Alozie — A local soccer player in his native Nigeria, Anthony started running when an athletics coach spectating at one of his soccer games commended his speed with the ball and invited him to start sprint training. Anthony and the coach kept in contact and, after a while, “he made me realise that I have so much talent in running and from then on my dream was to be a superstar and a role model in track and field,” Anthony says.
- 100m: 2007 – final (DNS), 2008 – 7th, 2009 – final (DNF)
- World junior championships: 2004 – 100m semi-final, 4x100m relay semi-final
- Commonwealth Games: 2006 – 4x100m relay (DNF)
- World championships: 2009 – 4x100m relay 3rd heat (DNQ)
- 2004 10.56
- 2005 10.56
- 2006 10.39
- 2007 10.38
- 2008 10.49
- 2009 10.29
Events / Personal Bests:
- 100m: 10.24 (w:+0.9) – Brisbane, 10/03/07
- 2004 – Anthony represented Nigeria at the world junior championships, making it to the semi-finals of the 100m in a time of 10.56.
- 2006 – Selected to represent his African homeland at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, running the first leg of the 4x100m relay. Following the Games Anthony decided to remain in Australia to further his athletics career.
- 2007 – Competed at his first Australian championships, running a personal best time of 10.24 to qualify for the 100m final but succumbed to injury before the race.
- 2008 – Finished second in the B race in a season’s best time of 10.56 at the World Athletics Tour Melbourne before placing seventh at the national championships in a time of 10.8.
- 2009 – After a strong start to the year, including a wind-assisted time of 10.16 (+2.7) in Canberra in January, Anthony again ran into injury trouble throughout the domestic season, failing to finish the 100m final at the national championships in Brisbane in March.
At his first world championships in August Anthony joined teammates Matt Davies, Josh Ross and Aaron Rouge-Serret in placing third in their heat of the 4x100m relay, their season’s best time of 38.93 not enough to advance to the deciding round.