Former President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Solomon Ogba, has hailed Nigeria’s 200m record holder, Divine Oduduru ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Divine Oduduru ran 200m in a 20.38 seconds race at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial meeting in Budapest, Hungary. The Nigerian led the race at the start but lost to South Africa’s Akani Simbine, who came from behind to win the 200m race at 20.25 seconds.
Ogba, who is the first vice president of the Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC), commended Oduduru for the feat, saying:
“I am very optimistic he (Oduduru) will run a faster time in Tokyo. This is his first race since May, and we are very impressed considering the fact that he travelled a long distance from the U.S. and competed soon on arrival.
“Let us not count our chickens before they are hatched, but I see Oduduru running better than he just did when we get to Tokyo. Oduduru lost to Simbine in Budapest because he suffered jet lag,” Ogba stated.
Oduduru is one of the top athletes who will represent Nigeria at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this summer. He lost in the semifinal stage five years ago in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil where he made his Olympics debut.