Nigeria’s Divine Oduduru who is currently a student of the Texas Tech University, has become the fastest man in the world after breaking a 10-year-old jinx.
The Nigerian born sprinter who competed in the 200m and finished 7th at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, ran sub-10 over the weekend in an invitational. Divine Oduduru became the fastest man in the world, after he ran the fastest time in the world in 2019, clocking a lifetime best of 9.94 (0.8 m/s), at the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco, Texas.
His 100m PB, until the invitation, was 10.10 set in 2018. He also smashed his 200m PB still stands at 20.08, running the fastest time this year, 19.76. He not only shattered his own PB (20.08) in the 200m, his time would have won him gold at the 2016 Olympic Games 200m event, with Usain Bolt in the field
Sub-10 it is for #Nigeria’s Divine Oduduru of @TexasTechTF @odudurudivine1 runs the fastest time in the world in 2019, clocking a lifetime best of 9.94 (0.8 m/s), at the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco, Texas.#Oduduru shaves over a tenth of a second off his previous PB. pic.twitter.com/YBvwMuRjAm
— Athletics Africa 💛 (@athleticsafrica) April 20, 2019
22-year-old Oduduru ran the best time in the 200m as well as the 100m in 2019 at the invitational competition, boosting Nigeria’s chances of a return to dominance on the continent with the African Games only four months away.
Oduduru is also known for his interviews. His interviews in Donetsk at the 2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics are popular among fans of athletics. The phrases, ‘deadly day’ and ‘never expected it’ are associated with him. Memes and videos have been generated using his responses to journalists. He lamented the inadequate support for Nigerian athletes and made a plea for sponsorship during the 2016 Nigeria Championships. He has however gone on to build his brand and we are all proud of him.