Nigerian Athlete Who Ran 2nd Best Time This Year Qualifies Into Semi Finals

Nigerian Athlete Who Ran 2nd Best Time This Year Qualifies Into Semi Finals

  • Divine Oduduru made it through to the semi-finals of the men's 200meters after coming second in Heat 1 behind Jamaica’s Rasheed Dwyer
  • The Nigerian record holder in the 200m event had the third-best time in the overall standings as is getting closer to earn a medal
  • The 24-year-old who ran the second-fastest time this year in the 200m will be hoping to qualify into the finals later in the day

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Divine Oduduru qualified into the semi-finals of the 200meters men's event after returning a time of 20.36seconds, Punch, Premium Times.

The 24-year-old came second behind Jamaica’s Rasheed Dwyer in Heat 1 who finished the race with a time of 20.36s.

Oduduru will be happy with the progress he has made after being disqualified in the men's 100m event over the weekend.

Nigerian athlete who ran 2nd best time this year in athletics qualifies for semi finals
Divine Oduduru finishing behind Jamaica's Rasheed Dwyer to qualify for the semi finals. Photo by Giuseppe CACACE
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The national record holder in the 200m ran the second-best time this year after returning a time of 19.73sec.

In the overall standings for the semi-finals, Oduduru's qualification time is third-best behind world champion Noah Lyles (19.50) and South African Clarence Munyai (19.69).

Oduduru's year so far

Across the season, Oduduru ran a time of 19.88 is fourth in the field behind the U.S. contingent of Lyles (19.74), two-time Diamond League winner Kenny Bednarek (19.78), and Florida teen sensation Erriyon Knighton (19.84).

The men’s semi-final will take place later on Tuesday, 3 August 2021, by 12.50 p.m. Nigerian time.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported Blessing Oborududu has qualified for the finals of the women's freestyle wrestling in the 68kg category after producing a dominant display against Mongolia's Battsetseg Soronzonbold.

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She outscored her opponent 7-2 to guarantee a place in the final as well as winning either a silver or gold in the final.

It is the first time Nigeria will be having a medal at the Olympics in wrestling and it took Oborududu her third attempt at the global event.

Legit.ng also reported that Team Nigeria has won its first medal at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic games courtesy of a bronze medal by Ese Brume.

The 25-year-old athlete qualified for the final stage on Sunday morning leaping to a distance of 6.76m, 1cm more than the required mark to seal her place.

Brume eventually made a 6.97m jump in the final to clinch the bronze medal.

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