Oduduru clinched the double at the Big 12 Championships, setting a new 200m PB. Photo Credit: Texastech.com

It’s been barely a week that Divine Oduduru stormed to a lifetime’s best in the 100m, but just as that is properly sinking in, he has gone on to serve us another one, racing to a Personal Best of 20.15s (+1.0) to win the men’s 200m at the Corky/Crofoot Shootout meet in Texas.

Oduduru was the one to beat in the 200m, easily winning heat 1 ahead of Terrel Smith who was 2nd in 20.42s and Andrew Hudson 3rd in 20.78s. Oduduru’s heat was so fast that all the top 3 finishers overall came from that race.

That time will see Oduduru climb as high as 11th in the world this season from his current ranking of 61st, having had a previous Season’s Best of 20.54s. Oduduru’s former PB in the 200m is 20.34s, which he ran in 2016 at the Rio Olympics.

Last weekend, Oduduru ran an impressive 10.10s, breaking his school’s 14-year-old school record in the 100m, and now he has added a 200m PB to the collection, gradually knocking to go under 20s.

Oduduru at the moment is the current fastest Nigerian male sprinter in both the 100m and 200m this season, running PBs in all his events at both the Indoor and outdoor circuits.

If he continues churning out these impressive results like this till the end of the season, it could only be a matter of time before he goes under 20s in the 200m, and who knows might even crack the sub 10s barrier very soon.

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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