— Oduduru Divine (@odudurudivine1) April 23, 2019
Nigerian-born sprinter, Divine Oduduru over the weekend produced a record-breaking performance at the Michael Johnson Invitational meet in Waco Texas, USA.
Since Nigerian sprint legend, Olusoji Fasuba, ran a time of 9.85s, in 2006 to set a new African record, no Nigerian runner has been able to run the 100m event under 10 seconds.
However, that 13-year wait ended early Sunday morning as the rave of the moment, Divine Oduduru, breezed to a fast 9.95s, later rounded off to 9.94s to win at the Michael Johnson Invitational.
The new feat is not just a new Personal Best (PB) for Oduduru, it is also a new School Record (SR) and the fastest time in the 100m in the world this year
The 22-year-old became the first Nigerian to break the sub 10s barrier in almost 13 years by setting a new world fastest time in the 100m and 200m race in 2019 so far.
The Texas Tech sprinter also finished strong in the 200m after running a time of 19.76 which was declared a new national record by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria as it beats Francis Obikwelu’s 19.84 time set in 1999 at the World Championships in Seville Spain.
Just 122 sprinters in history have broken the 10-seconds barrier in the 100m, and only 72 sprinters have gone sub-20 in the 200m.
The 19.76 winning time for Oduduru once ratified by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, becomes the new national record.
Odudurd says “I worked for this. My coaches have always been telling me that I have to get into the moment where I can feel everything.
“I want to say thank you to Coach [Calvin] Robinson for getting me to this point in my life and my career. We have a great team, and I want to say thank you to everyone for their love and support.
“It’s something we do in practice. We run, time the rest, then come back and run another race. He [Robinson] said to just run it the way I do in practice,” Oduduru said after the race.
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.