Okoye opts for discus over NFL

Lawrence Okoye has reconfirmed his desire to stick with discus for potentially four more years after receiving interest to play American football in the NFL.

Okoye opts for discus over NFL

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Britain's Lawrence Okoye competes in the men's discus throw final during the London 2012 Olympic Games

The 20-year-old was an all-round sporting talent in his teenage years, successful at track and field he also played academy rugby for Wasps and London Irish.

Okoye also excelled in the classroom and deferred a place at Oxford University to study law in order to compete at the London 2012 Olympics.

Some may question why he did so after finishing 12th in the discus in the Olympic Stadium having gone into the Games ranked fourth in the world.

And indeed immediately afterwards he was - hinting that he may return to rugby - while, as the dust settled, interest from the NFL was reported.

However Okoye admits he intends to carry on with discus for at least another year and potentially onto the next Olympics in Rio in 2016.

"I'm going to carry on throwing full-time, definitely for another year, and I think for much longer than that. For me there's unfinished business," said Okoye.

"I see myself being world record holder and Olympic and world champion. It's just going to take a bit of time. I think another year and I'll be ready.

"The possibility of going to American football was tempting. I just think it would be very silly to be ranked fifth in the world for discus at the age of 20 and not carry on.

"I didn't do myself justice finishing 12th but that motivates me going forward towards Rio in 2016. As I say, I have unfinished business."

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