Competing at the Indoor South Eastern Championships (SECs) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Favour Ofili broke ground to a big total Personal Best (PB) and Indoor National Record (NR) of 22.75s to win the first heat of the women’s 200m final.

The Nigerian who competes for LSU, had won her heat the day before with a 23.15s PB and was only running her 3rd individual race on the collegiate circuit.

Ofili therefore improved on Murielle Ahoure’s Indoor African Record of 22.80s that had stood since 2009 and by so doing, qualified for her first Olympic Games in Tokyo as her time was quicker than the Olympic standard set at 22.80s.

While she also bettered the previous Indoor Nigerian Record set by Regina George in 2013, she moved up to 5th on the all-time U-20 list in the event.

Athletics is a special shade of life for me, and my confidence has received a boost since I started out covering the sport from the stands of my home, and now as a Junior Sportswriter with Making of Champions - an opportunity to get better at what I do.


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