Nigerian Sprinter, Breaks Record, Become Second Fastest African Athlete Ever

The Gazette Staff
Written by The Gazette Staff

Nigeria’s athlete Divine Oduduru has become the second African runner by winning his first NCAA 100m title clocking 9.86 seconds.

Oduduru’s 9.86 second was the second-fastest time in NCAA history.

He is now the second Nigerian after Olopade Adeniken in 1992 and third African after Namibia’s Frankie Frederick in 1991 to successfully complete a sprint double at the NCAA Division 1 Championship on Friday.

His time was just a 100th of a second off Olusoji Fasuba’s 9.85-second African record set 13-years ago in Doha. Fasuba is the fastest African athlete of all time, while Oduduru is just a 100th of a second behind him.

The time is third joint fastest in the world as he equals Noah Lyles and Christian Coleman’s runs last month in Shanghai at the IAAF Diamond League meeting.

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He later ran the second-fastest 200m in NCAA history with 19.73 seconds.

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