|Full name||Ejowvokoghene Divine Oduduru|
|Born||7 October 1996|
Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria
|Years active||2007 – present|
|Height||170 cm (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (154 lb)|
|Sprints||100 m, 200 m|
|College team||Texas Tech Red Raiders|
|Coached by||Wes Kittley|
|Achievements and titles|
|Updated on 1 September 2019.|
Ejowvokoghene Divine Oduduru (born 7 October 1996) is a Nigerian track and field sprinter specializing in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. He holds personal bests of 9.86 seconds for the 100 m and 19.73 seconds for the 200 m. The latter is a Nigerian national record.
In age category competitions, he was a twice-champion at the African Youth Athletics Championships, a five-time African Junior Champion in the sprints and the 200 m silver medallist at the 2014 World Junior Championships. He represented his country as a senior athlete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2014 African Championships in Athletics, before winning a 200 m silver medal at the 2015 African Games.
He was the gold medalist 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.
Oduduru became known for his interviews, with his interviews at the 2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics gaining popularity among fans, including his phrase 'deadly day'. Memes and videos have been generated using his responses to journalists. He lamented the inadequate support for Nigerian athletes and made a plea for sponsorship during the 2016 Nigeria Championships.
In 2014, he dipped under 21 seconds for the first time. He became the Nigerian National Champion in the 200 metres. After setting a PB of 20.66 s in the semifinals at the 2014 World Junior Championships, he went on to win the silver medal in a windy 20.25 s behind Trentavis Friday of the USA.
He led off the Nigerian 4x100 metres relay team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, a team supported by former American athletes, Monzavous Edwards and Mark Jelks, who were running for Nigeria in their first international relay.
Due to illness, he pulled out of the 2015 Nigerian Championships and was not able to defend his 200 m title. He however bounced back for the All-Africa Games in Brazzaville. Oduduru ran a PB of 20.45 s into a headwind of 1.2 m/s to win the silver medal behind Ivorian sprinter, Hua Wilfried Koffi. His team mate and 2015 Nigerian champion Tega Odele placed third. Oduduru was selected for the 200 m at the 2016 African Championships in Durban. After posting the second fastest time in the semifinals, he did not run in the finals due to injury.
At the 2018 Michael Johnson Invitational meet in Waco, Texas, Divine improved his personal best in the 100 m to 10.10 s, improving the Texas Tech school record by 0.01 s. A year later at the same meet he improved his personal bests and set world-leading times of 9.94 s and 19.76 s, in the 100 m and 200 m respectively. His time in the 200 m broke the national record of 19.84 s set by Francis Obikwelu in 1999.
During 2019, he focused mainly on collegiate competition. He set a personal best in the 60-meter dash at the 2019 Big 12 Indoor Championships, running 6.52 seconds for the distance to win the regional title. He also won the 200 m Big 12 Indoor title. At the 2019 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships he won the 200 m title and placed seventh in the 60 m final. At the Big 12 Outdoor Championships he won the 100 m in 9.99 seconds, having broken the 10-second barrier for the first time at the earlier Michael Johnson Invitational meet. He also helped the Texas Tech Red Raiders to the 4 × 100 m relay title. At the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships he won a sprint double in the 100 m and 200 m, as well as taking third in the 4 × 100 m relay. His 100 m time of 9.86 seconds was the fastest in the world at that point of the season and his 200 m time of 19.73 seconds was a championships record.
|Event||Time (s)||Wind (m/s)||Competition||Venue||Date||Notes|
|60 m||6.52||n/a||Big 12 Indoor Championships||Lubbock, Texas, U.S.||23 February 2019|
|100 m||9.86||+0.8||NCAA Division I Championships||Austin, Texas, U.S.||7 June 2019|||
|200 m||19.73||+0.8||NCAA Division I Championships||Austin, Texas, U.S.||7 June 2019||NR, CR |
|200 m indoor||20.08||n/a||Big 12 Indoor Championships||Lubbock, Texas, U.S.||23 February 2019||Indoor WL, indoor NR, CR |
|4 × 100 m relay||38.45||n/a||NCAA Division I Championships||Austin, Texas, U.S.||7 June 2019|
|Year||100 metres||200 metres|
|2017||10.09 w||20.45 w|
|2013||African Youth Championships||Warri, Delta, Nigeria||1st||100 m||10.62||+0.7|
|3rd||Medley relay||1:54.58||n/a||PB |
|World Youth Championships||Donetsk, Ukraine||6th (sf)||100 m||11.05||−1.3|
|1st (sf)||Medley relay||1:52.90||n/a||PB|
|African Junior Championships||Réduit, Mauritius||1st||4 × 100 m relay||40.36||n/a||PB|
|2014||World Junior Championships||Eugene, Oregon, U.S.||2nd||200 m||20.25 w||+2.3||Wind-assisted|
|5th||4 × 100 m relay||39.66||n/a||PB|
|Commonwealth Games||Glasgow, Scotland||6th||4 × 100 m relay||40.17||n/a|
|African Championships||Marrakesh, Morocco||1st (sf)||4 × 100 m relay||39.51||n/a||Q[note 1], PB|
|2015||African Junior Championships||Addis Ababa, Ethiopia||1st||100 m||10.44||−1.1||SB|
|1st||4 × 100 m relay||39.99||n/a||SB|
|World Relays||Nassau, Bahamas||DQ (sf)||4 × 200 m relay||—||n/a||Passing outside zone|
|African Games||Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo||1st (sf)||4 × 100 m relay||38.97||n/a||Q[note 1], PB|
|2016||African Championships||Durban, South Africa||1st (sf)||200 m||20.48||+1.6||Q[note 2]|
|Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||7th (sf)||200 m||20.59||−0.3|
|2018||African Championships||Asaba, Delta, Nigeria||2nd||4 × 100 m relay||38.74||n/a||PB |
|2019||African Games||Rabat, Morocco||2nd||4 × 100 m relay||38.59||n/a|
- Nigerian Athletics Championships
- 200 m: 2014, 2016
- NCAA Division I Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships
|2014||Nigerian Championships||Calabar, Cross River, Nigeria||6th||100 m||10.54||−2.3|
|2016||Nigerian Championships||Sapele, Delta, Nigeria||2nd||100 m||10.25||0.0||PB|
|Representing the Texas Tech Red Raiders|
|2018||NCAA Division I Indoor Championships||College Station, Texas, U.S.||6th||60 m||6.62||n/a|
|NCAA Division I Championships||Eugene, Oregon, U.S.||11th||100 m||10.12||+1.2|
|13th||4 × 100 m relay||39.37||n/a|
|2019||NCAA Division I Indoor Championships||Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.||7th||60 m||6.62||n/a|
|NCAA Division I Championships||Austin, Texas, U.S.||3rd||4 × 100 m relay||38.45||n/a||PB|
|1st||100 m||9.86||+0.8||WL, PB |
|1st||200 m||19.73||+0.8||NR, CR, PB |
- Did not run in the final.
- Did not start (DNS) the final
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