I worked for it and I got it, says world best sprinter Divine OduduruApril 22, 2019
Nigerian-born sprinter, Divine Oduduru has been crowned the world best.
Oduduru, 22, who once ran against Jamaican record-breaker Usain Bolt, took over as the U.S. and world leader on Saturday when he won both the 100m and 200m in record time.
With next to no wind, Oduduru ran the fastest time in the world for this year at 9.95, to beat his personal best by over a tenth of a second.
Forty-five minutes after running the world lead in the 100-meter, Oduduru went on to set another world lead but this time in the 200-meter.
Oduduru went for an impressive 19.76 in the 200-meter, the second fastest time ever by a collegiate runner.
He now owns half of the programme top-10 times in the 100m and is the first Red Raider ever to go sub-10.
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Those in attendance at the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco Saturday may have witnessed one of the greatest hours by a student-athlete in collegiate track and field history.
They undoubtedly witnessed the greatest one-day performance by a track and field athlete in Texas Tech history.
“It was the most impressive thing I’ve seen as a coach,” said Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Wes Kittley.
What led Kittley, who has coached collegiate track and field for over three decades, to make such a statement was the hour during which
Divine Oduduru took commanding world leads in both the 100m and 200m.
Hoping to land a top seed at next month’s NCAA West Preliminary and improve upon his nationally sixth-ranked time, Oduduru became the first Red Raider to ever run a sub-10 100m.
The Nigerian sprinter crossed in 9.94 seconds to take over as the U.S. and world leader.
Ejowvokoghene Divine Oduduru (born October 7, 1996) is a Nigerian sprinter and a five-time African Junior Champion and was the 2014 World Junior Silver Medallist in the 200 metres.
He was the gold medallist in both the 100 metres and 200 metres at the 2013 African Youth Athletics Championships.
He was a finalist in the 200 m at the 2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics.
He won the 200 m at the 2013 African Junior Championships and was also a member of the Gold medal winning 4 × 100 m relay quartet.
He successfully defended his 200 m title at the 2015 African Junior Championships and also added the 100 m and 4 × 100 m gold medals to his tally. This made him a five-time African Junior Champion