Divine Oduduru

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Divine Oduduru
2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships (40949977430).jpg
Oduduru winning the 200 m at the 2018 NCAA Division I Championships
Personal information
Full nameEjowvokoghene Divine Oduduru
NationalityNigerian
Born (1996-10-07) 7 October 1996 (age 23)
Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria[1]
Years active2007 – present
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Weight70 kg (154 lb)[3]
Sport
Country Nigeria
SportAthletics
Sprints100 m, 200 m
College teamTexas Tech Red Raiders
TeamPuma[4]
Turned pro2019[5]
Coached byWes Kittley[6]
Calvin Robinson[7]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 60 m: 6.52 s (2019)
  • 100 m: 9.86 s (2019)
  • 200 m: 19.73 s NR (2019)[8]
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.[9] 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 is a two-time Nigerian national champion and is a four-time NCAA champion in American collegiate competition, running for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He is sponsored by Puma.[4]

Career[edit]

Under-20 competition[edit]

He was the gold medalist in both the 100 metres and 200 metres at the 2013 African Youth Athletics Championships.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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'.[13][14] 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.[15]

In 2014, he dipped under 21 seconds for the first time. He became the Nigerian National Champion in the 200 metres.[16] 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.

Senior career[edit]

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.[17][18]

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.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21][6] 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.[7] His time in the 200 m broke the national record of 19.84 s set by Francis Obikwelu in 1999.[22]

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.[23][24] 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.[25]

Oduduru made his debut on the 2019 IAAF Diamond League circuit at the 2019 Herculis meet, but finished in last place.[9]

Statistics[edit]

Information from IAAF profile or Track & Field Results Reporting System unless otherwise noted.[9][26]

Personal bests[edit]

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 [27][28]
200 m 19.73 +0.8 NCAA Division I Championships Austin, Texas, U.S. 7 June 2019 NR, CR [27][28][8]
200 m indoor 20.08 n/a Big 12 Indoor Championships Lubbock, Texas, U.S. 23 February 2019 Indoor WL, indoor NR, CR [23][24]
4 × 100 m relay 38.45 n/a NCAA Division I Championships Austin, Texas, U.S. 7 June 2019

Seasonal bests[edit]

Year 100 metres 200 metres
2013 10.61 21.13
2014 10.39 20.66
2015 10.37 20.45
2016 10.25 20.34
2017 10.09 w 20.45 w
2018 10.10 20.13
2019 9.86 19.73

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Wind Notes
Representing  Nigeria
2013 African Youth Championships Warri, Delta, Nigeria 1st 100 m 10.62 +0.7
1st 200 m 21.56 −1.5 PB
3rd Medley relay 1:54.58 n/a PB [29]
World Youth Championships Donetsk, Ukraine 6th (sf) 100 m 11.05 −1.3
1st (sf) Medley relay 1:52.90 n/a PB
6th 200 m 21.37 −1.0
African Junior Championships Réduit, Mauritius 1st 4 × 100 m relay 40.36 n/a PB
1st 200 m 21.19 −3.6
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
6th 200 m 20.81 −0.8
2015 African Junior Championships Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1st 100 m 10.44 −1.1 SB
1st 200 m 21.22 −2.3
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[30]
African Games Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo 1st (sf) 4 × 100 m relay 38.97 n/a Q[note 1], PB
2nd 200 m 20.45 −1.2 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 [31]
2nd 200 m 20.60 NWI [31][32]
2019 African Games Rabat, Morocco 2nd 4 × 100 m relay 38.59 n/a
2nd 200 m 20.54 −0.8

National titles[edit]

National competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Wind Notes
2014 Nigerian Championships Calabar, Cross River, Nigeria 6th 100 m 10.54 −2.3
1st 200 m 20.87 −1.3
2016 Nigerian Championships Sapele, Delta, Nigeria 2nd 100 m 10.25 0.0 PB
1st 200 m 20.51 0.0
Representing the Texas Tech Red Raiders
2018 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships College Station, Texas, U.S. 6th 60 m 6.62 n/a
2nd 200 m 20.21 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
1st 200 m 20.28 0.0
2019 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. 7th 60 m 6.62 n/a
1st 200 m 20.49 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 [27][28]
1st 200 m 19.73 +0.8 NR, CR, PB [27][28][8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Did not run in the final.
  2. ^ Did not start (DNS) the final

References[edit]

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