Nigeria’s Divine Oduduru put aside his disappointment of non-qualification in the 100 metres by qualifying for the semi-finals of the men’s 200 metres on Tuesday at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Running in lane eight, Oduduru came second in the first heat of round one in a time of 20.36 seconds.
His position placement guaranteed him one of the automatic spots in the semi-final of the event.
Rasheed Dwyer of Jamaica won the heat in a time of 20.31 seconds to also qualify for the semi-finals alongside Anaso Jobodwana of South Africa, who finished in third place in a time of 20.78 seconds.
The Nigerian, ranked no 23 in the world at the 200 metres distance, will start from lane seven in the first semi-final of the event, which will be held at 12:50pm (Nigerian time).
The semi-final qualification is redemption for Oduduru, who was disqualified in the 100 metres heat after he made a false start.
He was, first of all, issued a green card alongside other athletes on the track after an initial false start, with the officials not being able to conclusively determine the offender upon a video review.
But upon the second restart, Oduduru appeared to have just twitched his body forward alongside Reece Prescod of Great Britain before the start gun. The Nigerian was, however, subsequently disqualified upon a video review as he was deemed the quickest of the false starters by the officials.