Nigeria’s fastest sprinter over the 100m and 200m in 2019, Divine Oduduru will on Friday, 5th July, make his Diamond League debut at the Athletissima in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Oduduru has had a breakout year while running in the NCAA this season where he ran a blistering Personal Bests (PB) of 9.86s to win the 100m and 19.73s to win the 200m collegiate titles while running for the Texas Tech in the United States.
Less than one month after forego his final year of eligibility to pursue a professional career, the sprinter will now be competition against the best runners this Friday.
In what is a stacked field, Oduduru will come up against Olympic Silver medalist in the 200m, Andre DeGrasse-who won the last Diamond (DL) in Rabat and defending DL Champion Noah Lyles.
Oduduru entered this year – his junior season – and left the track ablaze every time he stepped onto it. He ran a program top-10 time in both the 60m and 200m every time he ran them during the indoor season, which culminated with a national title in the 200m that saw him run a 20.08 for the fastest time in the world this year.
He also turned in a 6.52 at the Big 12 Championships, which stood as the third-fastest 60m time. He finished his indoor career as the owner of four of the program top-10 60m times and seven of the top-10 200m times.
Oduduru has already qualified for this year’s World Championship in Doha and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.