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Nigerian athlete breaks 14-year-old school record in America

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Texas Tech University’s sprinter Divine Oduduru on Saturday ran a new personal best of 10.10secs to break the 14-year-old school record in the event at the Michael Johnson Invitational.

Oduduru, who finished the indoor track and field season as runner-up in the 200m at the NCAA Championships, earlier in the year broke the school’s indoor 60m and 200m records.

The athlete could not represent Nigeria at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Austrlai due to school commitments.

Oduduru, whose previous personal best in 100m was 10.25secs, broke the school’s record of 10.11secs set by Tyree Gailes at the 2004 NCAA outdoor championships.

Texas A&M’s Jace Comick was second with 10.37secs while Stephen Austin University’s Aaron Piper came third in 10.49secs.

Oduduru also ran the first leg for Texas Tech in the 4x400m relay where they finished second behind Texas A&M in 3:02.82secs.

His coach Wes Kittley praised the Nigerian’s performance, saying he had been working with the athlete to break the record.

“Divine had a great meet, poor guy. He’s run several times, but to get that wind below meters per second’s been tough, and finally did,” Kittley told Lubbock Online.

“This is probably the best start I’ve seen him get as a Red Raider. He had a good start, set his race up well and just ran relaxed and looked like he was having fun out there. He had been working at it since last year but getting behind the wind had been his challenge. He ran a 10.09secs last season with the wind above 2mps and I knew it was a matter of time before he beats it.”

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Tobi Amusan finished second in the women’s 100m hurdles behind USA’s Cory Carter in 12.92secs at the 2018 Grenada Invitational at the Kirani James Athletics Stadium in St Georges. Cory won the race in 12.79secs while another American Ebony Morrison finished third in 12.95secs.

Also, Rilwan Alowonle finished third in the men’s 400m hurdles at the meet. Alowonle ran 50.60secs. Jamaican Andre Clarke won in 49.09secs.

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