Divine Oduduru 20.13

Divine Oduduru has won three titles with Texas Tech in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×100 meters events at the 2018 Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The 21-year-old has become a leading athlete for his University and was impressive again as he led his team to victory.

Divine Oduduru started off when he won the 4×100 relay with Darien Tennon, Andrew Hudson and Joel Latson as they finished with a time of 39.39s.

He then moved on to the 100m, which he won with a time of 10.11s and also won the 200m with a time 20.13s, which was a new Texas Tech record, the fifth fastest time in the United States of America and his season record and personal best.

Oduduru who represented Nigeria at the 2016 Olympic Games is on scholarship in the United States.

A statement on the website of Texas Tech named Oduduru the High Point Scorer in the competition as he led his team to victory in the 100m, 200m, and also in the 4x100m relay.

Head coach of Texas Tech, Wes Kittley was excited about Oduduru’s performance in the 2018 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Clyde Hart Stadium.

He said,

“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.”

Winners Of Nigerian Triathlon Championship [2018]

Winners have emerged in the 5th edition of the Nigerian Triathlon Championship, which was concluded at the Lagos National Stadium Surulere.

Williams Gbekemiye emerged champion as he beat Perelate Gbagi and Ibrahim Akinlabi to the second and third places respectively in the Elite triathlon event.

In the female Elite Triathlon, Rosemary Marcus finished first, Gloria Odiaze came second, while Joy Tonjor finished third. In the Male Junior Triathlon, only two participants contested for hours. Sadiq Yahaya finished first while Osamuyiwa Uyi finished second.

In the Junior Duathlon (female), Alabi Yemisi won the gold, Kate Oyewole picked the silver while Adedotun Oluwapelumi won the bronze. In the Elite Duathlon (male), Adeniran Opeyemi won the bronze, Odunayo Adeyemi finished second, while Oke Itunu Joseph finished third.

In Elite Duathlon (female), Ukpeseraye Ese finished first, Happy Okafor was second while Glory Effiong finished third. In the Junior Duathlon (male), Aluko Kehinde finished first, Michael Segun ended second, Masud Garba picked the bronze.

In the Cadet Duathlon (male) Akinsemoyin Faruk finished first, while Malik Sanni picked the silver.

Apart from medals, the athletes got cash prizes and gift items made available by the sponsors.

According to the outgoing President of the Nigeria Triathlon Union, Dr. Lanre Glover:

“I must commend everyone that contributed to the success of the event. First, I must thanks the athletes who turned out in large number, our officials and the members of the NTU board.

I must also thank our sponsors – Linkage Assurance, DHL, De United (Indomie), Grand Oak Nigeria Limited for their unflinching support.”

About 106 athletes from 21 states and seven clubs took part in the championship.

Nigeria Wins 12 Medals In The 1st African Para-Badminton Championships

Nigeria para-badminton athletes has won a total of 12 medals – seven gold and five silver at the 1st African Para-Badminton Championships which was held in Kampala, Uganda between April 30 and May 4.

Bello Oyebanji clinched three gold medals in three events while Eze Chukwuebuka won two gold medals in the championships.

Also, Dixon Dada increased the country’s gold medals to seven after winning two gold medals while Umar Baba and Chinyere Okoro won two silver each. Ijeoma Chukwuemeka also added two silver to the country medal haul.

According to Samuel Ekeoma, National Coordinator of Nigeria Para-Badminton:

“This is a very good outing and I’m proud of what the athletes have been able to achieve. I hope the government and corporate bodies will reward the athletes for the fantastic performance in Uganda.”

Nigeria had earlier won 7 medals (one gold, three silver and three bronze) in the 2nd Uganda Para-badminton International Championships held from April 25 to April 29.

Nigeria won a total of 19 medals in the two competitions sanctioned by the Badminton world body.

Divine Oduduru 10.10

Divine Oduduru on the 21st of April 2018, broke the Texas Tech 14-year 100 meters record at the Michael Johnson Invitational in the United States of America.

Oduduru achieved the feat by running a personal best time of 10.10 seconds to emerge winner in the 100 meters invitational event.

The time of 10.10s by Oduduru bettered the previous recorded at the event held by Tyree Gailes when he ran a time of 10.11 at the 2004 Outdoor National Championships.

Oduduru who represented Nigeria at the 2016 Olympic Games is on scholarship in the United States of America.

Speaking after the achievement, head coach Wes Kittley stated that was the best he has seen of Oduduru since he arrived the campus.

Wes Kittley stated:

“I am really proud of Divine and how he set his race up.

I think he had the best start I have seen out of him since he arrived on campus. It was great to see him get a wind-legal 100-meter mark!”

After his achievement in the 100m Divine Oduduru also finished second in the 4x400m relay event.

The Nigerian and his teammates CJ Jones, Sean Hooper and Vincent Crisp finished second with a time of 3:02.82 a time which is fifth in the school’s history.

Oduduru had earlier in the year run a new indoor Personal Best (PB) of 20.49s to win the 200m at the Texas Tech Track & Field Red Raider Invitational.

Wilfred Ndidi Wins Leicester City Young Player Award [2018]

Wilfred Ndidi has emerged as the winner of the Leicester City Young Player Award.

It is the second time in a row that the midfielder wins this award having also done same in his maiden season with the Foxes after completing a switch from Belgian club, Genk.

Wilfred Ndidi was also nominated for the Players’ Player of the Season alongside Harry Maguire and James Vardy with Maguire winning the award.

For the Player of The Season award, which Ndidi was also nominated for, it was also won by Harry Maguire.

Wilfred Ndidi, 21, currently tops both his Club’s and the Premier League’s overall tackling charts, making a brilliant 138 interventions to date.

The Super Eagles midlfielder signed for Leicester City from Belgian outfit KRC Genk in January 2017 and has since established himself as a crucial member of the Foxes squad.

He is regarded as a dependable enforcer for the Foxes. He also plays the same role with the Nigeria national team, the Super Eagles, who are getting set for the World Cup.