You ever heard the saying “Delay is not denial”?
Well Divine Oduduru, has just closed the chapter on Nigeria’s 13yrs delay at not witnessing a sub-10s runner since Olusoji Fasuba’s African Record (AR) of 9.85s, in 2006.
The Texas Tech undergraduate smoked to a fast 9.95s, later rounded off to 9.94s, is a new Personal Best (PB), School Record (SR) and fastest time in the world this year to win at the Micheal Johnson Invitational.
His time means he’s the first Texas Tech student to go sub-10s, and now owns half of the School’s top-10 times in the 100m. Also more gratifying is that, this is his second 100m race of the season after his slightly windy season opener of 10.13s (2.3m/s) set three weeks ago.
Oduduru already gave snippets on running this fast at the beginning of the year, when he raced to a world leading indoor 200m time of 20.08s, which is No.3 fastest in history and a Nigerian record, and then accompanied this with a 60m time of 6.52s, to win Double titles at the BIG 12 Championships back in February.
Finally, Nigerians can now breathe on not having a 9s runner since Fasuba, one which we had already foreseen when we released our article on ‘What’s Next for Men’s 100m in 2019’, where we predicted a Sub-10s is Visible.
Oduduru has paved the way, now we await more Nigerian sprinters to follow.