Femi Ogunode Qatari sprinter of Nigeria descent

Femi Ogunode Qatari sprinter of Nigeria descent

Femi Seun Ogunode (born 15 May 1991 in Ondo City) is a Nigerian-born sprint athlete who competes internationally for Qatar. His personal best of 9.91 at 100 m makes him the current holder of the Asian 100m record.
Ogunode made his international debut for Qatar at the 2010 Asian Games and won a 200 metres/400 metres double. The following year he won Asian and Arab titles over 200 m as well as 100 metres/200 m sprint titles at the 2011 Military World Games. He was a finalist in the 400 m at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, but served a two-year ban from January 2012 to 2014 after a positive drugs test.
He won his second career double at the Asian Games in 2014, this time in the 100 m/200 m, and set an Asian record of 9.93 seconds for the former event (the second Asian man to break the 10-second barrier after fellow Qatari-Nigerian Samuel Francis). He also won bronze medals at a global level that year at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships and 2014 IAAF Continental Cup.
Ogunode improved his Asian record to 9.91 to win the 100 m at the 2015 Asian Athletics Championships, he also improved is 200 meters Asian record of 19.97 (−0.4) in Brussels on 11 September 2015.

CAREER

In Nigeria, Ogunode ran for University of Ibadan and qualified for the 2007 All-Africa Games and the 2008 Summer Olympics. However, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria left him off of the final rosters for both events for undisclosed reasons. Following these slights, Ogunode accepted an offer to compete internationally for Qatar.

He moved to Qatar in October 2009 and began international competition the following year. He won the 100 metres and 200 metres at the West Asian Championships and was entered into the 2010 Asian Games. At the Games in Guangzhou he took two gold medals, winning over 200 m and 400 metres with personal bests of 20.43 seconds and 45.12 seconds, respectively. This made him only the second athlete in Games history to have won both events at the same competition – Milkha Singh first achieved this at the 1958 Asian Games.

He follows in the footsteps of Samuel Francis, another Nigerian sprinter who transferred to compete for Qatar.

He became the Asian champion in 200 metres, at Kobe, Japan. He equalled the Championships record (20.41 s) en route to gold. He then did even better at the Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when he completed a 100 metres and 200 metres double. He set new championship marks over both distances (10.07 and 20.46).

Ogunode served a two-year ban lasting until January 2014 for the use of the prohibited substance Clenbuterol. In September 2014 he won the 100 m event at the Asian Games setting a new Asian record at 9.93 s. He also won the 200 m gold at Incheon. He set a further Asian record at the 2015 Asian Athletics Championships by winning the 100 m in a time of 9.91 seconds, having already broken the championship record with a run of 9.97 seconds in the semi-finals.

PERSONAL LIFE

His name Femi is a Yoruba translation pronounced “F-eh-mi” and means “love me” or “marry me”. His younger brother, Tosin Ogunode, is also a sprinter for Qatar. Ogunode’s four brothers all live in Doha, Qatar and his four sisters are married and settled in Nigeria. He has a son named Femi Nathan.

Ogunode’s father, T S B Ogunode, was a boxer and his mother, Adesola Ogunode, was a sprinter. Before focusing on running, Ogunode boxed and played football. He was a successful youth boxer and competed in state-level championships.

PERSONAL BESTS

Outdoor
  • 100 metres – 9.91 seconds (2015) AR
  • 200 metres – 19.97 seconds (2015) AR
  • 400 metres – 45.12 seconds (2010)
Indoor
  • 60 metres – 6.51 seconds (2014)
  • 400 metres – 47.15 seconds (2010)

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS

YearCompetitionVenuePositionEventNotes
2010Asian GamesGuangzhou, China1st200 m20.43
1st400 m45.12
2011Asian ChampionshipsKobe, Japan1st200 m20.41CR
Military World GamesRio de Janeiro, Brazil1st100 m10.07GR
1st200 m20.46GR
World ChampionshipsDaegu, South Korea9th (sf)200 m20.58
8th400 m45.55
Arab ChampionshipsAl Ain, United Arab Emirates3rd100 m10.37
1st200 m20.59
3rd4×100 m relay40.13
Pan Arab GamesDoha, Qatar1st100 m10.37
2nd200 m21.01
2014Asian Indoor ChampionshipsHangzhou, China2nd60 m6.62
World Indoor ChampionshipsSopot, Poland3rd60 m6.52
Continental CupMarrakech, Morocco3rd100 m10.04
3rd200 m20.17
Asian GamesIncheon, South Korea1st100 m9.93AR GR
1st200 m20.14GR
2015Arab ChampionshipsIsa Town, Bahrain1st100 m10.04w
1st200 m20.52w
Asian ChampionshipsWuhan, China1st100 m9.91AR CR
World ChampionshipsBeijing, China10th (sf)100 m10.00
7th200 m20.27
2016Olympic GamesRio de Janeiro, Brazil37th (h)100 m10.28
23rd (h)200 m20.36

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