Oduduru bags NCAA 100m & 200m titles with record-breaking times

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It was arguably the best of nights for Nigerian sprints sensation Divine Oduduru on the final day (for men) of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas.

Twice on the night did the Mike Meyers Stadium track have its Facility Record (FR) broken by Oduduru as the Nigerian speedster ran the show to claim double sprint titles in the 100m and 200m.

Going by his precedent form which had him clock a then World Lead 9.94s in April and drop 9.99s to win the Big 12 Champs 100m title last month, it was a question of who would challenge Oduduru to the NCAA 100m title.

Undoubtedly, the Nigerian lived up to expectations as he stormed to a Lifetime Best of 9.86s (+0.8) – the second-fastest time ever run by a collegian – to win the 100m title in astonishing style.

Just behind him were Oregon’s Cravon Gillespie and Florida’s Hakim Sani Brown who similarly clocked Personal Best times 9.93s and 9.97s to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Oduduru’s time shatters the 10.00s Facility Record set by Richard Thompson in 2008 and was just four-hundreth of a second off matching the Collegian Best (CB) and Meet Record (MR) of 9.82s which Chris Coleman set in Tennessee two years ago.

The Nigerian speedster’s time on Friday was also just a hundreth of a second off the African Record (AR) of 9.85s held by Olusoji Fasuba since 2006.

Just about 45 minutes after his breathtaking display in the 100m, Oduduru defended his NCAA 200m title brilliantly as he smoked a another Personal Best time of 19.73s to emerge winner ahead Gillespie (19.93s) and Sani Brown (20.08s), who just as in the 100m, finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Oduduru is now placed as the second fastest Collegian in the 200m as well,L with his time setting a new Meet Record (MR) and Facility Record (FR). His time also lowers the previous 19.76s Nigerian Record he set in April just as its now placed as the 3rd fastest time ran by an African in history behind Frank Federicks’ 19.68s and Clarence Munyai’s 19.69s.

As analysed by Lets Run, Oduduru’s spirited performance on Friday night is the second-greatest single-day 100/200 double in athletics history considering an addition of athletes’ 100m and 200m times.

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