By Bayode Sipasi
The Diamond League debut of Nigeria’s sprint sensation, Divine Oduduru, has ended on a not too good note.
Oduduru, who finished the US Collegiate Games NCAA on high with a 9.86 seconds run in 100 metres, could only managed a 8th in same race with 10.26 seconds in the star-studded meet on Friday night in Monaco, France.
The race was the Nigerian’s first taste of top class athletics contest after turning pro and signing a three-year contract with Puma last week.
Veteran Justin Gatlin of USA won the race with 9.91. other Africans in the race were South Africa’s Akine Simbine who was fourth with 10.04 seconds and Cote d’ Ivoire Arthur Cisse who finished 7th with 10.25 seconds.
Oduduru has the best African time for 100m this season.
Reacting to the performance in Monaco former Nigerian sprinter Davidson Ezenwa said he is more concerned with Oduduru’s mental attitude in the big league.
“My main concern is: how is his mental fortitude. I have watched him run, he is good.
“I wish him the best of luck it is a tough burden to bear showing up in European circuit after running that fast during collegiate season. It is all about confidence. He can do it Divine what a good name,” he said.