Oduduru will be racing against Bolt for the second time in two days.

Lightning can indeed strike twice as Nigeria’s 200m champion Divine Oduduru has once again been drawn against Jamaica’s Usain Bolt in the same heat of the men’s 200m semifinal at the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympics.

The Sapele-born athlete has been drawn in heat 2 of the semifinal coming up on Wednesday, and he will be running in lane 7, with Bolt running in lane 4.

Oduduru earlier on Tuesday matched his words with action about facing Bolt, finishing 2nd in their first round heat, running a Personal Best of 20.34s behind Bolt who won in 20.28s.

Although the heat is indeed stacked, with USA’s Ameer Webb and Canada’s Andre De Grasse all drawn it, Oduduru will fancy his chances of running a good time and hope for the best outcome and hopefully making the final.

Meanwhile in heat 1, LaShawn Merritt will continue his quest to win a medal in both the 200m and 400m as he will be the favourite to win the race. Merritt is the fastest in the heat, with Canada’s Aaron Brown next to him with a Season’s Best of 20.00s.

In heat 3, Justin Gatlin and Yohan Blake will face each other, with Panama’s Alonso Edward one of the big names to watch out for in the race.

The first two finishers from each heat will go through as automatic qualifiers, with the two fastest losers from all heats completing the line-up in the final.

Oduduru will be racing against Bolt for the second time in two days.
Oduduru will be racing against Bolt for the second time in two days.

Athletics coverage was a discovery, having to move away from regularly writing about Football. Although it was initially daunting, but now being an authority in it makes the past effort worthwhile. From travelling on the same international flight with Nigerian athletes, to knowing you could easily interview: World Record holder Tobi Amusan, then Ese Brume, I have cut my teeth in this beat earning the trust of Athletics sources. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at Ringier media Nigeria, Chris is a Senior Sports writer, Photographer & Community manager at Making of Champions.


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