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Udodi Onwuzurike Biography: Inside The Life Of Nigerian Sprinter

Udodi Chudi Onwuzurike is a Nigerian sprinter who excels at the 200-meter dash. In 2021, he won gold at the World Athletics U20 Championships. At the 2022 Commonwealth Games, he also won a bronze medal in the men’s 4 x 100m relay.

Early Life and Education

Udodi was born on January 29, 2003, in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan. He is currently a student-athlete at Standford University in the United States of America.

Career

Udodi Onwuzurike began as a student-athlete before going on to represent Nigeria in international competitions. He won the gold medal in the 200 meters at the 2021 World Under-20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. He also won gold at the World Athletics U20 Championships in 2021. He won gold with Team Nigeria in the men’s 4 x 100m relay race at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Personal Life

Udodi was coached by his father, Chris Owuzurike, and Deron Early. His brother was a former Boston University sprinter, Chiebuka Onwuzurike.

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Career Accolades

  • World under-20 champion (2021, 200 meters)
  • Stanford record-holder: indoor 60; outdoor 100, 200

Personal Bests (thru 6/6/22)

  • 100: 10.03
  • 200: 20.08
  • 60: 6.67i

International Records

  • He represented Nigeria and won a bronze medal in the men’s 4 x 100m relay race at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
  • Representing Nigeria, he won the 2021 World Under-20 Championships in the 200 in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • His time of 20.21 in the final set a Nigerian U20 record.
  • In the semifinals, he ran 20.13, aided by a 2.3 MPS wind.

Freshman (2022)

Outdoors

  • He has broken Stanford’s 100 records three times and the school’s 200 records twice.
  • The first Stanford male to reach the NCAA 200 final since 1963.
  • The first Stanford male to advance to the NCAA Championships in the 100 and 200 since 1963.
  • The first Stanford male to reach the NCAA Championships in the 100 since 2008.
  • In the semifinals, they set Stanford NCAA Championships records for the 100 (10.21) and 200 (20.24).
  • The top qualifier out of the NCAA West Prelims in the 200 (20.08) and second in the 100 (10.03), setting school records in both.
  • Twice broke the John McDonnell Field facility record at Arkansas in the 200, running 20.13 and 20.08 at the NCAA West Prelims.
  • Pac-12 runner-up in the 100 and 200.
  • Broke Pro Football Hall of Famer James Lofton’s school’s 200 records at the Pac-12 Championships, running 20.09 to Lofton’s 20.33 in 1978.
  • Broke the Big Meet (dual with Cal) record in the 100 (10.20) and was a triple winner (100, 200, 4×100).
  • He twice broke Stanford, Stanford frosh, and Stanford Invitational records in his collegiate 100 debuts, running 10.14 in the prelims and 10.07 in the final.
  • Won the 200 at the Stanford Invite in 20.38, the fastest Stanford time in 44 years and a school freshman record.
  • Set Cardinal Classic record in the 200 (21.04) in his collegiate outdoor debut.
  • The Pac-12 Men’s Track Athlete of the Week (April 5).

Indoors

  • Broke the school’s 60 records in his collegiate debut, running 6.67 to win the UW Indoor Preview final, after a school freshman record 6.78 in the prelims.
  • Fifth in the Pac-12 Invite in the 60 (6.76).

Prior to Stanford

  • Became the first Stanford-affiliated male and second person overall to win a world U20 track title
  • Won the 2021 World Under-20 Championships in the 200 in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • His time of 20.21 in the final set a Nigerian U20 record.
  • In the semifinals, he ran 20.13, aided by a 2.3 MPS wind.
  • Won the 100 and 200 titles at the 2021 Michigan Division I championships.
  • Won the 2021 Brooks PR Invitational 100 with a personal best of 10.23.
  • The time of 10.23 broke his own Michigan state high school record.

Net Worth

His net worth is currently unavailable.

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