Athletics: Oduduru grabs triple titles in Texas

Athletics: Oduduru grabs triple titles in Texas

Former National junior 200m champion, Divine Oduduru recorded three titles all in one day at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Waco, Texas on Sunday.

Oduduru’s day started with the 4×100 relay win with a time of 39.39. He was joined by Darien Tennon, Andrew Hudson and Joel Latson, who subbed in to run the anchor leg on short notice. Later on in the evening, Oduduru won individual gold with times of 10.11 in the 100m and 20.13 in the 200m.

The Nigeria’s 200m time goes down as a new Texas Tech record and the fifth fastest time in the US. It is also a new Personal Best PB beating his own time at the inaugural Corky/Crofoot Shootout in Texas last month  His time surpass Trayvon Bromell’s previous Stadium Record of 20.30 seconds, and moving up in the world rankings this year to a joint 15th place alongside South Africa’s Anaso Jobodwana.

His teammate, Hudson was third in the 100m at 10.33 and fourth in the 200m at 20.72.

The Red Raiders men’s team finished the day with 165 points, the most points scored in the outdoor championship by any team since the last realignment.  The women’s team finished sixth overall with 92 points.

Oduduru was named the High Point Scorer of the Meet having won the 100m, 200m and helped the 4x100m relay team seal a victory.

Speaking on the school’s website, track and field head coach Wes Kittley was proud of Oduduru’s performance.

“Wasn’t he special? Wow, fabulous in the 200, 100 and in the 4×100. He’s a three-time champion today and the high point scorer. I’m really proud of him.”

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