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Oduduru aims for African junior gold in Ethiopia

By Ben Efe

Reigning African youth champion, Divine Oduduru one of the 34 athletes invited to camp for the African Junior Championships March 3-7 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia said his target, is to dominate Africa in the sprints.

Oduduru won a sprint double in the maiden African youth championship in Warri Delta State 2013. He also won a silver in the 200m at the world juniors in Oregon, USA last year and according to him a good outing at the African junior in Addis Ababa will boost his morale for the season’s events.

DIVINE GOLD – Oduduru Divine of Nigeria celebrating after winning the 200m boys final in a time of 21.56sec. Photo: Henry Unini
DIVINE GOLD – Oduduru Divine of Nigeria celebrating after winning the 200m boys final in a time of 21.56sec. Photo: Henry Unini

“I hope to do well and win a medal at the African Juniors. This will put me in a good position to be in the Nigerian team that will be in the US to prepare for the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas.

“Also I am aiming for a ticket to the World Championships where I hope to compete against my mentor, Usain Bolt in the 200m event,” said the up and coming athlete.

He did 10.72 seconds against a strong wind at the Teslim Balogun Stadium last weekend where the D.K Olukoya championships was concluded.

“I was expecting a 10.3, but I did 10.80s in the heats and 10.72s. But I am going to train harder in the camp. This year is going to be better than 2014 because I must return with a medal from All-Africa Games.”

Other athletes who are called into the camp that begins today include: Victor Peka, Igube ThankGod, Ashien Godwin, Olisakwe Chukwu, Adiakerehwa Blessing, Abolaji Omotayo Oluwaseun, Aniekeme Alphonsus, Ntia-Obong Mercy and Ese Brume all for the men and women sprints.

 


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