Nigeria’s favor Ofili sets a new African record

The formidable performance of Nigerian athletes ahead of the Tokyo Olympics continued on Saturday as Favor Ofili set a new African and national record at the Southeastern Conference indoor championships.

The 18-year-old finished third in the 200 meters with a new personal best of 22.75, which eclipses Regina George’s earlier Nigerian national record of 23.00 and thus the African record of Ivorian athlete Murielle Ahouré of 22.80

Women 200 meters

Favor Ofili continues to surprise, clocking another PR of 22.75 to earn 🥉

📈 https://t.co/gKLJQkeg9F#GeauxTigers pic.twitter.com/TOZ8zT5qKg

– LSU Track & Field (@LSUTrackField) February 28, 2021

George set the previous national record of 11 p.m. in 2013 at the SEC Championships in Fayetteville, USA, while Ahoure’s mark was set in 2009.

Ofili not only set a new national record, but was also the third fastest in the history of her school. It’s also an Olympic standard adding it to the list of Nigerian athletes to have achieved the mark for the Tokyo Olympics.

After her heroics in the 200-meter race, Ofili also helped her school finish fourth in the women’s 4×400-meter relay with a SB of 3: 31.82.

She ran the second leg and returned the best split time in the quartet on September 52nd.

Favor Ofili

▪️ 22.75
▪️ 🇳🇬 National indoor record
▪ NCAA No. 4
▪ 3rd fastest in LSU history # GeauxTigers https://t.co/3EINfKwIIC pic.twitter.com/57QsxZOmUz

– LSU Track & Field (@LSUTrackField) February 28, 2021

At 16 years and 273 days, Ofili was the youngest participant in a solo event at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, where she took part in the women’s 400 meter event.

Ofili is already doing well in the colors of Nigeria at a young age.

At the last African Games in Morocco, she finished second in the 400m and doubled her success by anchoring the Nigerian team in 4x400m relay gold.

The Nigerian Athletics Federation has already congratulated Ofili on her wonderful performance.

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