Nigerian sprinter, Oduduru on Tuesday gave Usain Bolt a close chase, finishing barely seconds after the Jamaican in the 200m Heat at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
29-year-old Divine Oduduru finished second in a time of 20.34s while the winner, Bolt, ran a time of 20.28s in Heat 9 of the Men’s 200m dash.
Oduduru achieved a new personal best of 20.34 seconds in the race.
He is the reigning Nigerian 200m champion.
Few facts about Oduduru you shuld know:
Full name, Ejowvokoghene Divine Oduduru, was born on October 7, 1996 in Ughelli, Delta State.
He is a five-time African Junior Champion and was the 2014 World Junior Silver Medallist in the 200 metres.
Divine Oduduru Nigeria’s Medal Hopeful Comes Second
He was the gold medalist in both the 100 metres and 200 metres at the 2013 African Youth Athletics Championships.
He won the 200m at the 2013 African Junior Championships and was also a member of the Gold medal winning 4 × 100 m relay quartet.
He was a finalist in the 200 m at the 2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics.
He successfully defended his 200m title at the 2015 African Junior Championships and also added the 100 m and 4 × 100 m gold medals to his tally.
This made him a five-time African Junior Champion.
After his heat on Tuesday, an excited Divine took to Twitter (@odudurudivine1) to share his excitement:
“It was nice to shake hands with the big man @usainbolt after the race. I am humbled #INeverExperredIt #TeamUnion”
Meawhile, female sprinter and medal hopeful, Blessing Okagbare has crashed out of the medal race in Rio.
Okagbare lost her opportunity to clinch a gold medal at the ongoing Olympic Games with her loss at the women’s 100m semifinal.
Okagbare, who made the Semifinal after a brilliant run on Saturday, August 13, 2016 failed to qualify for the finals.