Oduduru picks up national, Big 12 honors
World leader in 100m, 200m recognized with USTFCCCA, Big 12 weekly awards.
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech sprinter Divine Oduduru's historic performance at the Michael Johnson Invitational continues to earn him recognition. The Nigerian junior, who Saturday ran a sub-10 100m and sub-20 200m, has been named Athlete of the Week by both the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and Big 12 for his performance. He became just the 10th man to ever break the 10- and 20-second barrier in the same day.
"It was the most impressive thing I've seen as a coach," said Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Wes Kittley after the meet.
Oduduru's evening in Waco began with the 100m, in which he ran a 9.94 to become the first Red Raider ever to break the 10-second barrier. In addition to placing him atop the school record books and NCAA leaderboards, it also made him the new world leader in the event.
Just 45 minutes after becoming the 123rd man in world history to go sub-10, Oduduru became the 73rd to go sub-20 in the 200m, running a blistering 19.76 to become the world leader in his second event of the hour.
Ever proud of his home country, Oduduru was pleased to know he was the ninth Nigerian ever to go sub-10, and just the second to go sub-20. Nigeria has not had a sub-20 200m time in over a decade.
"I worked for this," Oduduru said after the races. "My coaches have always been telling me that I have to get into the moment where I can feel everything. I want to say thank you to Coach [Calvin] Robinson for getting me to this point in my life and my career. We have a great team, and I want to say thank you to everyone for their love and support."
Texas Tech will return home for its first meet in Lubbock since March. The one-day competition, the Corky/Crofoot Classic, will take place on Friday and will feature the recognition of 24 Red Raider seniors. The meet will begin at 11 a.m., and senior ceremonies will take place at 4:30 p.m.