Team Nigeria’s Divine Oduduru has qualified for the Rio Olympics men’s 200m event alongside world’s fastest man Usain Bolt.
Oduduru, on Tuesday, ran a new Personal Best time of 20.34s to grab one of the automatic tickets to the 200m semis, finishing in second place behind firm favourite Bolt who returned a time of 20.28s.
Oduduru, who has been quite vocal, had said that he had no fear for the big names in Rio as he was only focused on making an impact in his maiden appearance at the Olympics.
Running from Lane 8, Oduduru attacked the curve very fast and maintained his speed down the home straight, to wade off at least 4 other athletes who had faster Personal Bests (PBs) and Season’s Bests (SBs) than him.
Aside Oduduru, Team Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan also gave the country something to cheer as she also qualified for the semi-final of the women’s 100m Hurdles at Rio 2016 Olympics, after finishing 5th in Heat 5 clocking 12.99s.
The African Games Champion competed in one of the fastest Heats with Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn taking the win in 12.70s, ahead of World Bronze medallist, Alina Talay who clocked 12.74s, while Germany’s Pamela Dutkiewicz was 3rd in 12.90s.
Both Oduduru and Amusan will back in action in the early hours of Wednesday as they hope to push further into the finals for a shot as a possible podium finish.
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