A Nigerian athlete has so far broken Usain Bolt’s record and emerging as the new holder of the fastest man on Earth record on Saturday, 20th April at the Michael Johnson Invitational. This competition took place at the ClydeMart Track & Field Stadium, Baylor University – Waco, Texas. – Nigerian Athlete Breaks Usain Bolts Record As Fastest Man On Earth
This Nigerian sprinter and the new world faster man is known as Divine Oduduru. This new record was set in 2019. He competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics Games coming out as 7th in the 200m. The former 100m African Youth Champion ran sub-10 over the weekend in an invitational where he set this new outstanding record.
According to Africa Athletics (@atheleticaffrica), Divine Oduduru, (@odudurudivine1) runs the fastest time in the world in 2019, setting lifetime record of 9.94 (that is 0.8 m/s), at the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco, Texas.
Less than an hour after running the 100 meters in 9.94 seconds, the Texas Tech sprinter ran the 200 in 19.76 — both times wind-legal to the admiration of the crowd present.
The 19.76 seconds winning time for Oduduru once ratified by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, will be declared a new national record as it cripples the 19.84 seconds record that was set by Francis Obikwelu at the World Championships in Seville Spain, 1999.
His new record 9.94 seconds (that is 0.8m/s) beats Usain Bolt’s record of 9.58 seconds which was set at the 2009 World Athletic Championship final in Berlin, Germany.
“In my 35 years of coaching, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Tech coach Wes Kittley said after Oduduru recorded the double wins in the 100m and 200m events. “To run that 9.94 and then 40 minutes later, ran the 200. This was a really tight schedule and pretty spectacular performances that close together.”– Divine Oduduru
Divine Oduduru is 22 years old student of the Texas Tech University and has improved since he joined the College team, Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Below is a tweet by Athletics Africa which confirms the new record of Divine Oduduru.
Sub-10 it is for #Nigeria’s Divine Oduduru of @TexasTechTF @odudurudivine1 runs the fastest time in the world in 2019, clocking a lifetime best of 9.94 (0.8 m/s), at the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco, Texas.#Oduduru shaves over a tenth of a second off his previous PB. pic.twitter.com/YBvwMuRjAm— Athletics Africa ? (@athleticsafrica) 20 April 2019