Divine Oduduru racing to victory in the men's 60m at the Texas Tech meet earlier this year. Photo Credit: @TTU_TF_XC

Divine Oduduru is in the form of his life, racing to yet another Personal Best (PB) at the Texas Tech Open meet to win the men’s 60m with a time of 6.58s.

Two weeks ago, Oduduru ran an Indoor 200m PB, breaking his school’s 20-year old record to run a then World Lead of 20.49s before South Africa’s Ncincihli Titi surpassed him with a time of 20.45s

Oduduru showed signs of things to come when he comfortably won heat 4 in 6.64s to advance to the finals with one of the Top 8 times, beating his previous PB of 6.66s which he ran last month at the Corky classic.

He was never in danger of losing the race, bolting from the blocks to break Julius Walker’s 6.63s record for Texas tech, and running below the 6.60s mark for the first time in his career.


Such was Oduduru’s margin of victory that Marcus Parker finished 2nd in 6.74s with Chris Jefferson 3rd in 6.75s.

With Oduduru’s time, he is now the 3rd fastest in the NCAA this year, and his time ranks him in 11th place in the world alongside Yunier Perez and Ojie Edoborun.

Can he one day match Deji Aliu’s long standing Nigerian Record of 6.48s set 19 years ago in France?

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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