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Femi Seun Ogunode (born 15 May 1991 in Ondo City) is a Nigerian-born sprint athlete who competes internationally for Qatar.[4] His personal best of 9.91 at 100 m in 2015 makes him the current co-holder of the Asian 100m record, which was tied by China's Su Bingtian in 2018.[5]

Femi Seun Ogunode
Femi Ogunode 2015.jpg
Ogunode at the 2015 Memorial Van Damme
Personal information
Born (1991-05-15) 15 May 1991 (age 28)
Ondo City, Nigeria
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight72 kg (159 lb) (2014)
Event(s)100–400 m
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 m – 9.91 (2015)
200 m – 19.97 (2015)
400 m – 45.12 (2010)[2][3]
Ogunode in 2011

Ogunode made his international debut for Qatar at the 2010 Asian Games and won a 200 metres/400 metres double. The following year he won Asian and Arab titles over 200 m as well as 100 metres/200 m sprint titles at the 2011 Military World Games. He was a finalist in the 400 m at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, but served a two-year ban from January 2012 to 2014 after a positive drugs test.

He won his second career double at the Asian Games in 2014, this time in the 100 m/200 m, and set an Asian record of 9.93 seconds for the former event (the second Asian man to break the 10-second barrier after fellow Qatari-Nigerian Samuel Francis). He also won bronze medals at a global level that year at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships and 2014 IAAF Continental Cup.



In Nigeria, Ogunode ran for University of Ibadan and qualified for the 2007 All-Africa Games and the 2008 Summer Olympics. However, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria left him off of the final rosters for both events for undisclosed reasons. Following these slights, Ogunode accepted an offer to compete internationally for Qatar.[6]

He moved to Qatar in October 2009 and began international competition the following year. He won the 100 metres and 200 metres at the West Asian Championships and was entered into the 2010 Asian Games. At the Games in Guangzhou he took two gold medals, winning over 200 m and 400 metres with personal bests of 20.43 seconds and 45.12 seconds, respectively.[7] This made him only the second athlete in Games history to have won both events at the same competition – Milkha Singh first achieved this at the 1958 Asian Games.[8]

He follows in the footsteps of Samuel Francis, another Nigerian sprinter who transferred to compete for Qatar.

He became the Asian champion in 200 metres, at Kobe, Japan.[9] He equalled the Championships record (20.41 s) en route to gold. He then did even better at the Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when he completed a 100 metres and 200 metres double. He set new championship marks over both distances (10.07 and 20.46).[10]

Ogunode served a two-year ban lasting until January 2014 for the use of the prohibited substance Clenbuterol. In September 2014 he won the 100 m event at the Asian Games setting a new Asian record at 9.93 s.[11] He also won the 200 m gold at Incheon. He set a further Asian record at the 2015 Asian Athletics Championships by winning the 100 m in a time of 9.91 seconds, having already broken the championship record with a run of 9.97 seconds in the semi-finals.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

His name Femi is a Yoruba translation[13] pronounced "F-eh-mi" and means "love me" or "marry me". His younger brother, Tosin Ogunode, is also a sprinter for Qatar.[14] Ogunode's four brothers all live in Doha, Qatar and his four sisters are married and settled in Nigeria. He has a son named Femi Nathan.[6]

Ogunode's father, T S B Ogunode, was a boxer and his mother, Adesola Ogunode, was a sprinter. Before focusing on running, Ogunode boxed and played football. He was a successful youth boxer and competed in state-level championships.[6]

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2010 Asian Games Guangzhou, China 1st 200 m 20.43
1st 400 m 45.12
2011 Asian Championships Kobe, Japan 1st 200 m 20.41 CR
Military World Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st 100 m 10.07 GR
1st 200 m 20.46 GR
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 9th (sf) 200 m 20.58
8th 400 m 45.55
Arab Championships Al Ain, United Arab Emirates 3rd 100 m 10.37
1st 200 m 20.59
3rd 4 × 100 m relay 40.13
Pan Arab Games Doha, Qatar 1st 100 m 10.37
2nd 200 m 21.01
2014 Asian Indoor Championships Hangzhou, China 2nd 60 m 6.62
World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 3rd 60 m 6.52
Continental Cup Marrakech, Morocco 3rd 100 m 10.04
3rd 200 m 20.17
Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 1st 100 m 9.93 AR GR
1st 200 m 20.14 GR
2015 Arab Championships Isa Town, Bahrain 1st 100 m 10.04w
1st 200 m 20.52w
Asian Championships Wuhan, China 1st 100 m 9.91 AR CR
1st 200 m 20.32
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:02.50 CR
World Championships Beijing, China 10th (sf) 100 m 10.00
7th 200 m 20.27
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 37th (h) 100 m 10.28
23rd (h) 200 m 20.36
2017 Asian Championships Bhubaneswar, India 2nd 100 m 10.26
3rd 200 m 20.79


  1. ^ Femi Ogunode. 2014 Asian Games profile
  2. ^ Femi Ogunode.
  3. ^ Femi Ogunode. IAAF
  4. ^ OGUNODE Femi Seun – Biography. Guangzhou2010. Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Sprint Records Fall in Madrid". International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). 22 June 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Chris, Aju George (15 October 2014). "Seunshine days are back!". Doha Stadium Plus. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  7. ^ Ogunode and Fukushima complete doubles in Guangzhou – Asian Games, Day 5. IAAF (26 November 2010). Retrieved on 28 November 2010.
  8. ^ Nakamura, Ken (December 2010). Event by event statistic analysis. Guangzhou2010. Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  9. ^ Cris, Aju George (13 July 2011) Golden trio.
  10. ^ Taking Rio by storm. (27 July 2011)
  11. ^ Ogunode sets area 100m record of 9.93 at the Asian Games. 28 September 2014
  12. ^ Qatar's Ogunode renews men's 100m Asian record at Asian Championships. Xinhua (4 June 2015). Retrieved on 2015-06-04.
  13. ^ "Femi: Yoruba Names". Behind the Name. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  14. ^ Veloce e sconosciuto (in Italian). FIDAL (27 January 2014). Retrieved on 23 February 2014.

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Preceded by
Samuel Francis
Men's 100 m Asian record holder
28 September 2014 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Shingo Suetsugu
Men's 200 m Asian record holder
11 September 2015 – 21 July 2019
Succeeded by
Xie Zhenye