But Olusoji — nicknamed “Flash” by his shipmates — has just completed nine months of training to become a logistics specialist in the Royal Navy.
The sailor, 27, whose mother was born in Jamaica, decided to retire from professional running to provide a more settled life for his wife and baby daughter.
Before joining the Navy last May, Olusoji has claimed bronze in the 4x100m relay at the 2004 Athens Olympics, gold in the 100m and 4x100m relay at the 2007 All-African Games and gold at the 2008 Indoor Championships at 60m.
In 2006, he set an African record in the 100m of 9.85 seconds, just 0.27 of a second slower than the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt.
He said: “I’ve had a very good career in athletics and been there with the big boys, but I was looking to the future and wanted to settle.
“My father used to work for the Nigerian Navy, so from a young age it was all about the Navy.
“Some of my friends are serving in the British Army and tried to persuade me to join, but for me it had to be the Royal Navy.
“Training has been my way of life for a long time. Growing up in Nigeria, discipline is very strict, so that aspect of being in the Navy wasn’t really a shock.”
The junior sailor hopes to complete a full career in the Royal Navy and maybe transfer to the Officer Corps at some stage.
He is keen to apply for British citizenship, but was eligible for his current post due to Nigeria’s Commonwealth membership.
–Culled from The Sun