Nigeria’s Divine Oduduru will make his much-awaited debut as a professional athlete when he competes at the Gyulai István Memorial in Hungary on Tuesday, July 8th.
The sprinter was supposed to compete at last week’s Diamond League meet in Lausanne, but couldn’t make it to the Swiss city due to visa issues.
Despite the hitches, Oduduru has made his way to Hungary, as he will test his sprinting prowess against some of the world’s top sprinters when he competes in the men’s 200m race.
The NCAA double champion will compete against a stacked field that includes Christian Coleman, who ran a new World Leading time of 9.81s in the 100m last week in Lausanne; defending World Champion in the 200m, Ramil Guyilev and fast rising 200m sensation, Aaron Brown.
Meanwhile, Africa’s Record holder in the 200m, Blessing Okagbare will also compete over the half-lap distance in Hungary.
Okagbare, who was affected by the same visa issues that befell Oduduru, will look to build on the momentum she gained last month when she clocked a Season’s Best (SB) of 11.05s to win the 100m in Rabat and a 22.05s clocking to win the 200m in Eugene.
She comes up against 400m World Champion and 2018 Diamond Trophy holder Shaunae Miller-Uibo. The Bahamian sprinter will be opening her200m season, as she looks to keep herself warmed up ahead of the World Championships taking place in September in Doha.