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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Brisbane Bronco's James Roberts dreamt of running the 100m at the Olympics

Brisbane Bronco's James Roberts dreamt of running the 100m at the Olympics

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James Roberts has revealed he dreamt of competing at the Olympics

By Chris Garry
The Courier-Mail
March 1, 2016


JAMES Roberts dreams about competing at the Olympics and the sprint trainer who moulded Jarryd Hayne says the new Bronco has the talent to qualify for the 100m at the Games.

Star recruit Roberts, was on Tuesday named to make his Brisbane debut in Thursday night’s season opener in Parramatta, brings an uncoachable weapon to the field — pure speed.

He has told The Courier-Mail he still wonders if he could be on his way to Rio de Janeiro in August if he had continued his blossoming sprinting career.

Roberts was a junior sprint star without proper coaching and would have followed that career if he did not discover rugby league.

“I was actually sitting at home with my mates the other day and we were talking about Rio,” Roberts said.

“It would have good to pursue that and have a shot (at Rio). I was pretty good at track and field.

“(But) I was too in love with rugby league at the time.”

International sprint coach Roger Fabri
said the 22-year-old Roberts was a better runner than Hayne and while technically raw, could be trained into an Olympic sprinter.

James Roberts during a Broncos training session. Pic Annette Dew

Fabri is a former high-level sprinter who has coached the who’s who of Aussie athletes.

He trained Hayne to compete in the NFL and has also worked extensively with Sonny Bill Williams.

Fabri was set to work with Roberts if the centre signed with a Sydney club after leaving the Titans and spent two weeks studying him in preparation.

He said Roberts, with specific coaching, could achieve the Australian qualifying time for the Rio Olympics.

“I studied him for two weeks with 3D imaging and that revealed he is the fastest man in the NRL,” Fabri said.

“Technically, he’s very messy but still produces incredible power.

“With coaching, he could be insane. He is a standout athlete.

“His power is thrown in different directions as he runs yet he still manages to get through the hole.

“He has plenty of improvement in him as a runner.

“I’m not sure how well he would do at the Olympics but he could run the Australian qualifying time which is around 10.2 seconds.”

Fabri said Hayne, Roberts and Marika Koroibete were the three most likely athletes from the NRL who could make the Olympics.

Robert stunned Broncos teammates last month in their 40m trial.

He was coy when asked about his sprint times but when told Corey Oates ran 4.9 sec, he replied “I beat that for sure”.

“I went all right. We only did it in joggers,” Roberts said.

“I think I did 4.7 or something like that.”


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Watching the Broncos last night, Roberts "speed" is best suited to rugby league. He'd be lucky to break 12 for the 100m.

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