Nigerian fast-rising sprinter, Divine Oduduru has won words of praise from the director of track and field at Texas State University, USA, Wes Kittley, after the athlete came a split second behind the African 100m record held by compatriot, Olusoji Adetokunbo Fasuba.
Oduduru became the second fastest Afican ever on Friday, when he got a double at America’s National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Outdoor Championship at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas, much to the delight of Kittley.
The Texas Tech bufff was all smiles, as Oduduru finished with a personal best, school record, world lead and second best African mark of 9.86 seconds, which was also his third sub-10 race of the season in the 100m.
The lad from Delta State finished the race ahead of Cravon Gillespie in 9.93secs and Hakim Sani Brown, who was third with a Japanese record of 9.97, with Oduduru just outside Fasuba’s African record of 9.85 secs.
Oduduru’s mark is now second in the African all time 100m list as well as second fastest in US collegiate history, making him officially the second fastest African ever behind Fasuba, who ran a slightly faster time of 9.85 seconds 13 years ago in Doha, Qatar.
Amazingly, just 45 minutes after Oduduru attained this latest feat in winning the 100 meters in 9.86, he won the 200 meters in 19.73 secs, and both times were adjudged by officials as wind-legal.
His sub-20 in the 200m within an hour of going sub-10 in the 100m is also a national record, personal best and series record, after which he then led the 4×100 relay team to yet another school record alongside Keion Sutton, Andrew Hudson and Jacolby Sheltonb in 38.45secs.
In one of the competition’s fastest relay sprints’ times ever enacted, Oduduru and The Red Raiders made 52 points on the second day of the championship to secure first men’s national title in school history.
In reaction, Kittley told texatech.com: “I am just so incredibly proud of these guys. They have lived with a target on their backs all year long.
“They just wanted to bring a championship home to Texas Tech, and I’m just so glad they have now done that.”