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#Rio2016: Nigeria’s Divine Oduduru Comes a Close Second After Usain Bolt in Men’s 200m Heats



Nigerian sprinter Divine Oduduru aka Mr Die-on-the-line aka Mr I-Never-Experred it, has really done Team Nigeria and the entire country proud.

He gave World Number 1 Usain Bolt a run for his money when he finished second in the 200m Heat 9 in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Oduduru finished second in a personal record time of 20.34s while Bolt finished in 20.28s. Another Nigerian, Tega Odele ran in the race but could not qualify.

This makes Divine Oduduru the reigning Nigerian 200m champion as he is through to the Semi-Finals. Congratulations!


  1. Ene

    August 16, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Congratulations young man, am sure you didn’t experred it. I watched his interview where he complained about lack of sponsorship for Nigerian athletes. I hope he goes through to the finals. All the best.

  2. orangish

    August 16, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    i never Espered it!!! 😀

  3. Odi

    August 16, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Who woulda hexperred it????

  4. Oluwaseunfunmi

    August 16, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    He was so close. Am impressed but with the likes of gatlin, talbot, Blake etc does he stand a chance . But weldone to him. He ran very well today.

    • Odi

      August 16, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      I’m hoping he puts his die-on-the-line philosophy to work tomorrow cos him coming second to a jogging bolt might not be a good yardstick for performance. Go get em Divine!!!

    • Ene

      August 16, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Anything can happen cos he is ‘ready to die on the pitch’ as he has ‘a black man blood’.#forgiveme#Justtrolling#Najoke

    • O

      August 17, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Actually, he wasn’t close. Bolt was strolling while he ran his PB. He’s going to have to improve on his PB to make it to the finals

  5. bruno

    August 16, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    its heat so usian bolt isn’t going to put so much effort. usian was probably jogging or walking or cat walking or crawling sef.

    lets see what happens in the main event. congrats to the boy. naija athletes always do well in heat but they alway fumble during the main race. I applaud them tho.

    • Comment

      August 17, 2016 at 5:06 am

      Always so negative…..waiting for the special day when your comment will reflect a single ray of positivity.

    • Noms

      August 17, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Usain bolt was jogging while tje other were walking…Thank you

  6. 'Diddie

    August 16, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Wow…this is greatnews. Up Divine Oduduru #TeamNaijaForLife

  7. 'Diddie

    August 16, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    To think this guy is repping Isokos…Isoko wadooo

    • canigetsomeintelligencehere!!!

      August 17, 2016 at 8:17 am

      No he is repping Nigeria! Why is the tribal perspective necessary????

  8. ngozi

    August 16, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Omg!!!! This is amazing for him. He is really enjoying his life. Me sef I never experred to see him come this far. Lol big congratulations! This made me smile

  9. lami

    August 16, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Congrats tO him, I hope he wins gold

    • Ha

      August 16, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      I believe impossible is nothing, but, haba! Gold how?

  10. Fabulous B

    August 16, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Believe possibilities. Congratulations Divine

  11. Bbow

    August 17, 2016 at 12:13 am

    That was impressive. Hope he makes it past those heavyweights to the finals

  12. Gorgeous

    August 17, 2016 at 12:22 am

    It’s not by blowing oyinbo. The guy is a local guy to the core and I love his passion, H factor and all. He tried o! All the better than American-British-Spanish-French accented Nigerians did not even show up in the heat. So Tharthy Gbosa for you my guy.

    • Nunulicious

      August 17, 2016 at 12:33 am

      Lol @ tharthygeia gbosa!

    • Nunulicious

      August 17, 2016 at 12:37 am

      Meant to type lol @tharthy gbosa.

  13. kenyangirl

    August 17, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Is there a word such as expered in the English dictionary?, I had to look it up coz more than 2 people have written it,I was like damn new word alert…lol

    • yebo

      August 17, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Welcome to Naija. We have experred and many more I never experred it words in our lingo. 😀

    • Baby gurl

      August 17, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      Hi kenyangirl, Mr Divine Oduduru was the subject of a viral video/meme/gif that showed him expressing his joy over winning a 100m tournament some months ago. In it, he said and I quote “Hai neva experred hit” meaning “I never expected it” in English. So that’s why my fellow BN peeps are using that particular word lol.

  14. Mimi0560

    August 17, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Awww.. i’m so happy for him.. He has come a long way

  15. Tosin

    August 17, 2016 at 8:08 am

    omg the guy is famous. i didn’t realize it was him. good luck to him, although i also don’t want Nigeria to medal at all – so that our big fat F will motivate us to try a new approach next time (don’t steal all the money for athletes, spend years not days preparing and strategizing…)
    Have fun out there, brov. and win if you can.

  16. Prince

    August 17, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Well done bro. Nigeria believes in you.

  17. whocares

    August 17, 2016 at 10:50 am

    awwwww I am sooooo proud of him!!! Congratulations!!!! (he probably doesn’t read bn or care but I could not be more pleased for him) . I have not watched any of the events besides the male swimming and diving competition 😛

  18. Noms

    August 17, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Oduduru means a thousand in Urhobo…wish you a thousand more graces and strenght as you go on in the finals.
    Well done, Oniovo…Team Nigeria- Deltans repping…

  19. Ramona

    August 17, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    He is actually Urhobo

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