The Nigerian gem: Udodi Onwuzuruike introduced himself in style to the Nigerian audience, becoming the first Nigerian athlete to win the men's 200m title in 24yrs

Udodi Onwuzurike set the track ablaze in the men’s 100m quarterfinals at the NCAA West Preliminaries in Sacramento!

Fielded in for the second heat, the Stanford University standout powered to a massive Personal Best (PB) of 9.92s (1.4) becoming the first Nigerian man under the 10-second barrier this season and only the 13th Nigerian man to ever do it.

With his time, he further set a new School Record, breaking the mark which he held previously and defeated the NCAA Leader Terrence Jones who ran 9.93s and powerhouse Micah Williams in 10.04s.

He ties Seun Ogunkoya for 3rd on the Nigerian all-time list and now leads a charge of five Nigerian men to the NCAA Championships in Austin, as Karlington Anunagba also qualified in that same race with a 10.17s run for 5th. The trio of Favour Ashe, Godson Brume and Alaba Akintola had earlier secured qualification at the NCAA East Preliminaries in Jacksonville.

Athletics is a special shade of life for me, and my confidence has received a boost since I started out covering the sport from the stands of my home, and now as a Junior Sportswriter with Making of Champions - an opportunity to get better at what I do.


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