By Ben Efe
Nigeria’s fast rising junior athlete Ejowvokoghene Divine Oduduru gave his country a reason to cheer when he ran a ‘windy’ 20.25 to win silver in men’s 200m event at the on-going IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene Oregon, USA.
He along side Edidiong Ofonime Odiong in the women 400m where the only Nigerian youngsters that reached the finals of the individual events. They are expected to spear-head Nigeria’s quest for more medals in the relay events.
Oduduru, who because of stage fright missed a medal at the IAAF Youth Championships in Ukraine, last year showed more determination in Eugene. But he was denied the gold by American Trentavis Friday.
Friday finished with 20.04 seconds to claim a substantial victory at Hayward Field. Oduduru took the silver medal by finishing in 20.25 seconds, While Jamaica’s Michael O’Hara won bronze with a time of 20.31 seconds.
Odiong was not so fast in the women 400m. She was 6th with a time of 54.06 way below her personal best of 53. 54 seconds a mark which wouldn’t have fetched a medal in the race won by US Kendal Baisden with 51.85 seconds. Gilda Casanova was second with 52.59, Olivia Baker was third with 53.00.
So far American sprinters, men and women, won seven of a possible 12 medals in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter events this week. Jamaica, conversely, won just one medal in the dashes, a bronze by Michael O’Hara in the 200.