Athletics: Nigerian Sets New Record With American School
Nigerian athlete, Divine Oduduru has engraved his name in the history books of American tertiary institution, Texas Tech having emerged as the first athlete ever to win a sprint title for the school at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) .
Despite entering the 200m final with the fifth best time, Oduduru proceeded to run a 20.28 to grab the national title ahead of Florida State’s Andre Ewer who was 2nd in 20.29s and Kendal Williams who finished 3rd in 20.32s.
"It's the dream of every student-athlete to get to the national meet," Oduduru said after the race.
"Coming over and winning it, I'm very happy. I want to say thank you to my coach and my teammates and everyone who made today a reality.
"I appreciate God for having those people around me."
Oduduru has now joined the elite list of Nigerian athletes to win NCAA titles, a feat also achieved by the likes of Blessing Okagbare and most recently by with Oluwatobiloba Amusan who won the women’s 100m Hurdles in 2017.
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