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Ejowvokoghene Divine Oduduru (born 7 October 1996) is a Nigerian sprinter.[7]

Divine Oduduru
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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 22)
Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria[1]
Years active2007 – present
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Sport
Country Nigeria
SportAthletics
Sprints100 m, 200 m
College teamTexas Tech Red Raiders
Coached byWes Kittley[2]
Calvin Robinson[3]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
Updated on 25 May 2019.

He is a five-time African Junior Champion and was the 2014 World Junior Silver Medallist in the 200 metres. He was the gold medalist in both the 100 metres and 200 metres at the 2013 African Youth Athletics Championships.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] This made him a five-time African Junior Champion.

In 2014, he dipped under 21 s for the first time. He became the Nigerian National Champion in the 200 metres.[11] 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.[12][13]

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.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16][2] 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.[3] His time in the 200 m broke the national record of 19.84 s set by Francis Obikwelu in 1999.[6]

Oduduru is also known for his interviews. His interviews in Donetsk at the 2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics are popular among fans of athletics. The phrases, 'deadly day' and 'never expected it' are associated with him.[17][18] 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.[19]

Contents

StatisticsEdit

Information from IAAF profile or Track & Field Results Reporting System unless otherwise noted.[7][20]

Personal bestsEdit

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 9.94 +0.8 Michael Johnson Invitational Waco, Texas, U.S. 20 April 2019
200 m 19.76 +0.8 Michael Johnson Invitational Waco, Texas, U.S. 20 April 2019 WL, NR [3][6]
200 m indoor 20.08 n/a Big 12 Indoor Championships Lubbock, Texas, U.S. 23 February 2019 Indoor WL, indoor NR, CR [4][5]
4×100 m relay 38.74 n/a African Championships Asaba, Delta, Nigeria 3 August 2018 [21]

Seasonal bestsEdit

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 9.94 19.76

International championship resultsEdit

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 [22]
World Youth Championships Donetsk, Ukraine 6th (semi 2) 100 m 11.05 −1.3
1st (semi 2) 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 (semi 1) 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 (semi 1) 4×200 m relay n/a Passing outside zone[23]
African Games Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo 1st (semi 2) 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 (semi 3) 200 m 20.48 +1.6 Q[note 2]
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 7th (semi 2) 200 m 20.59 −0.3
2018 African Championships Asaba, Delta, Nigeria 2nd 4×100 m relay 38.74 n/a PB [21]
2nd 200 m 20.60 NWI [21][24]

National championship resultsEdit

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

NotesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Divine Oduduru". texastech.com. Texas Tech Red Raiders. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Tech sports roundup: Oduduru sets school record in 100 meters". lubbockonline.com. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. 21 April 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Dede, Steve (22 April 2019). "Nigerian sprinter Divine Oduduru runs 2019 world fastest time in 100m and 200m". pulse.ng. Pulse (Nigeria). Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b Don Williams (23 February 2019). "Texas Tech men win Big 12 track title in a runaway". lubbockonline.com. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b Jon Mulkeen; Bob Ramsak (25 February 2019). "Brazier clocks 600m world best in New York, Lisek and Kendricks clear 5.93m world lead in Clermont Ferrand: Weekend indoor round-up". iaaf.org. IAAF. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Umunna, Isaac (22 April 2019). "How Divine Oduduru Broke Nigeria's Sprint Jinx". economywatchng.com. Economy Watch Nigeria. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Ejowvokoghene ODUDURU | Profile". iaaf.org. IAAF. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  8. ^ "African Athletics » Nigeria's Oduduru all fired up for Ouagadougou next week". www.africanathletics.org. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  9. ^ "IAAF: Ethiopian and Nigerian athletes impress at African Junior Champs| News | iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  10. ^ "IAAF: 5000m double for hosts Ethiopia at African Junior Championships| News | iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  11. ^ "Divine Oduduru, 200m World Junior Silver Medallist vying for African Crown!". Making of Champions. 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  12. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Ejowvokoghene Oduduru Profile". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  13. ^ https://www.bbc.com/sport/commonwealth-games/2014/results/sports/athletics/mens-4x100m-relay
  14. ^ "IAAF: Kenya's 4x400m men finish off the All-Africa Games in style| News | iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  15. ^ Olus, Yemi (2016-07-09). "Divine Oduduru storms to 200m title at Nigerian Trials in Sapele". MAKING OF CHAMPIONS. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  16. ^ Johanna Gretschel (23 April 2018). "NCAA Weekend In Review: Josh Kerr Sets NCAA Record, TeeTee Terry Breaks Out". flotrack.org. FloTrack. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  17. ^ IAAF Official (2013-07-13), WYC Donetsk 2013 - Ejowvokoghene Divine ODUDURU NGR - 200m Boys - Semi-final, retrieved 2016-07-20
  18. ^ IAAF Official (2013-07-12), WYC Donetsk 2013 - Ejowvokoghene Divine ODUDURU NGR - 200m Boys - Heat, retrieved 2016-07-20
  19. ^ MakingOf Champs (2016-07-11), "Nigerian Athletes are Suffering!" - Divine cries out to Sponsors to come to their rescue!!!, retrieved 2016-07-20
  20. ^ "DIVINE ODUDURU TEXAS TECH". tfrrs.org. Track & Field Results Reporting System. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  21. ^ a b c "African championships, Asaba (Nigeria) 1-5/08/2018". africathle.com. Africathle. 5 August 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  22. ^ "Full results of the 1st African Youth Championships". webcaa.org. Confederation of African Athletics. 31 March 2013. Archived from the original on 5 June 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  23. ^ "Results 4 x 200 Metres (2 laps) Men - Round 1" (PDF). iaaf.org. IAAF. 3 May 2015. p. 1. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  24. ^ Gowon Akpodonor (29 August 2018). "U.S.-based sprinter, Oduduru spits fire, alleges neglect by government". guardian.ng. The Guardian (Nigeria). Retrieved 28 February 2019.

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