Paul Dedewo storms to World Lead Time!
Nigeria’s Quatermiler Paul Dedewo is really up to something this season as the US-based seasoned 400m athlete along with his teammates at Altis World-one of the best track club in the world- ran a World Lead Time of 3:01.02s in the 4x400m men’s relay at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Texas on Sunday, March 19th.
Dontavius Wright was the lead off runner then he handed it over to Bralon Taplin who did a great job and passed the baton to Dedewo and Deon Lendore took it home for the team.
Their time of 3:01.02s broke the 16-year old meet record of 3:03.20s. Dedewo ran a split of 45.7s while teammate Taplin (44.24s), Wright (45.6s) and Lendore (45.27s).
Since the start of the season, Dedewo whose mum hails from Edo state has given Nigerian athletic buffs a reason to be hopeful when the season starts properly with the IAAF World Championships in London as the major target.
He opened his season with the 400m indoor and he ran a then Personal Best of 46.33s, a week later at the Tune-Up Meet hosted by Nothern Arizona University he bettered his time to 45.73s to claim his second victory of the year.
To show that those times were not a fluke, Dedewo at the USA Indoor Championships on March 5th broke Kunle Fasasi’s two-month old National Record of 33.09s in the 300m.
Interestingly, he broke the record TWICE in less than 24 hours. He ran a time of 32.38s in the heat before shattering it again in the final with 31.92s to rank 3rd on the World All-time list.
Ever since Dedewo moved over to Phoenix, Arizona to train with Altis, he has been having a great time with his training and his performance.
“I’m happy to announce for the first time on 8 years I’ve been training injury-free… If Track AND Field is a team sport, I’m nothing without my team: @CoachKTyler, @AltisWorld, @JerodCarnahan_lmt, @Iordan.krouchev, Rick Wade and my training partners” Quoted from his Instagram post.
Keep it up Dedewo! The world is waiting for you to be part of the change that would put Nigerian athletics back on the World raider.