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Olympian Lawrence Okoye impresses in NFL try-outs

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LAWRENCE Okoye impressed at the NFL Super Regional Combine on Sunday and Monday as he looks to enter the world of American football.

Held at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, USA, 219 players were on show in the hope of catching the eye of talent evaluators, and Okoye stood out in particular.

Okoye has been trying out as a defensive end, and the 21-year old was lauded for his explosiveness and flexibility in the try-outs.

The 6ft 6ins star recorded an incredible 4.88 and 4.78 seconds in a 40-yard sprint, while hugely impressing in a 35-inch vertical jump and a ten-foot-five broad jump.

The Croydon star who played rugby while growing up in the borough, reached the discus final at last summer's Olympic Games in London, but his inexperience got the better of him and he finished in 12th position.

After the final, he admitted he was considering his future as an athlete, though he appeared to have recovered his desire after deferring a place at Oxford University until 2017, especially as the world of athletics had marked him as a future medallist.

Okoye recently named five NFL teams interested in him and the number is seems certain to rise in the coming weeks.

Olympian Lawrence Okoye impresses in NFL try-outs


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