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.