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.
“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.