Nigerian sprinter Divine Oduduru breaks 20-year record at Texas University

Nigerian sprinter Divine Oduduru a.k.a ‘Mr. I never expered it’, who was a gold medalist in both the 100m and 200m events at the 2013 African Youth Athletics championships, has been named athlete of the week by the Big 12 Conference over his performance at the Texas Tech Open where he broke records and shone brightly.

Oduduru who cleared out his previous 20.49 seconds school record with a new world-leading 20.18 mark which also ranks as third NCAA all-time record, broke the university’s 20-year old school record in the 200m indoors meet on Saturday.

With a new record of 6.64 seconds to top his previous time of 6.66 at the Texas Tech Open 60m dash, Divine helped the Texas Tech men’s track & field program reach second-place in the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association indoor rankings.

Oduduru clocked three top-two all-time Texas Tech marks, two of which were school records. In the 60-meter preliminaries, Oduduru topped his previous No. 2 ranked 6.66 time with a new mark of 6.64. He then went on to claim the new school record title with a 6.58 final mark, also serving as the third-ranked 60m time in the nation.

The next day, Oduduru ran only the second indoor 200-meter dash of his life, the first of which broke a 20-year old school record. This blazing-fast 20.18 run pushed down his previous time of 20.49 and secured the No. 3 all-time NCAA record. His 20.18 time sits first in the world.

Andrew Hudson ran alongside Divine Oduduru, also outpacing Oduduru’s former school record time of 20.49 with his new lifetime-best run of 20.42. Hudson’s mark sits second in the world 200-meter rankings.

Wes Kittley, head coach of Texas Tech who talked about Divine records, said;

“Divine continues to impress us. He is a remarkable athlete, especially running that 20.18 in only his second indoor 200m race ever. We love to watch him race just as much as he loves racing.”

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