- Name: Ifunanya Moughalu
- Date Of Birth: 13th January, 1997
- Secondary School: Standard International Secondary School
- Current University: University of Port-Harcourt
- Course & Year: Linguistics and Communication Studies (100 Level)
- Coached By: Uchenna Emedolu
- Personal Bests:400m (54.50s), 200m (25.30s) & 100m (12.37s)
- IAAF Profile: Ifunanya Moughalu
Ifunanya Muoghalu’s foray into Athletics wasn’t expected to last long; in her own words it was just a pastime that could keep her busy whilst in secondary school, until she gained admission into the university. But after competing at Making of Champions’ (MoC) Enugu Auditions in March 2015 where the coaches on ground affirmed her talent in the sprints, she decided to take Athletics seriously.
At the Enugu Auditions, she finished 3rd in the 400m against more experienced athletes, clocking 58.2s. Her performance was enough to earn her qualification for the Lagos Finals where she upstaged a stacked field to win the 200m in 25.64s. She also placed 4th in the 400m in a time of 57.24s.
The quartermiler made her first appearance for MoC at the 2016 National Junior Championships held at the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos in May 2016 and gave a good account of herself, winning her 100m heat in 12.62s, before placing 3rd in her 200m heat.
At Top Sprinter 2016, Muoghalu put up an impressive performance in the Junior category of the women’s 200m where she ran a Personal Best (PB) of 25.30s in the heats, before racing to 2nd position behind teammate Joy Udo-Gabriel in the final. She was also a member of the GOLD winning women’s 4x100m quartet at the event.
Muoghalu represented UNIPORT at the 2017 Nigeria University Games (NUGA) where she finished 4th in the 100m final, and then snatched GOLD in the women’s 4x100m.
The highlight of 2017 for Muoghalu was at the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Golden League in Kaduna where she improved on her lifetime best while competing in the women’s 400m final, which she dominated with a Personal Best (PB) of 54.50s – her third PB within the space of a week.
Prior to that, she won her heat with a then PB of 55.51s, bettering her previous lifetime best of 56.08s set at the AFN All-Comers a few days before.
In 2018, Muoghalu competed at the Commonwealth Games Trials where she raced to a lifetime best of 24.27s to finish 2nd in the 200m heats. Muoghalu lowered her time to 24.25s in the final to settle for 3rd position.
At the MoC Grand Prix in June, Muoghalu finished 2nd in the heats with a time of 54.80s; she thereafter stormed to 3rd position in the ‘A’ final.
In November, she was in action for UNIPORT again but this time around, at the West Africa University Games (WAUG) where she competed in the 100m and 4x100m. While running in the heats, she raced to a PB of 11.93s to take the win. She bettered her mark to 11.90s in the final, narrowly missing out on a medal in 4th place. That notwithstanding, she stormed to GOLD in the 4x100m with her teammates, finishing ahead of UNILAG’s star-studded team.
Muoghalu’s 2018 season ended with the National Sports Festival (NSF) in Abuja where she competed in the 400m. While racing in the heats, she settled for 4th place, but secured the last qualification spot for the final after finishing 5th in her semifinal race with a time of 55.21s. She came close to equaling her PB in the final, clocking a time of 54.54s to finish 5th.
Note: 2 decimal places signify Electronic timing, 1 decimal place signifies Hand-timing
|2017||Dec 1st||54.50s||1st||Final||AFN Golden League||Kaduna|
|Dec 1st||55.51s||2nd||Heats||AFN Golden League||Kaduna|
|Nov 24th||56.06s||2nd||Heats||AFN All Comers||Abuja|
|2015||Oct 1st||57.24s||1st||Final||Top Sprinter Lagos Finals (Seniors)||Lagos|
|Mar 21st||58.2s||3rd||Final||Top Sprinter Enugu Auditions||Enugu|
|2016||Sept 30th||25.42s||2nd||Final||Top Sprinter Athletics Championships||Lagos|
|Sept 30th||25.30s||1st||Heats||Top Sprinter Athletics Championships||Lagos|
|May 25th||26.30s||4th||Heats||National Juniors (D.K. Olukoya Championships)||Lagos|
|2015||Oct 2nd||25.64s||1st||Final||Top Sprinter Lagos Finals (Seniors)||Lagos|
|2017||Jul 13th||13.2s||8th||Heats||National Championships||Abuja|
|Apr 25th||12.37s||4th||Final||Nigerian University Games||Makurdi|
|Apr 25th||12.49s||2nd||Heats||Nigerian University Games||Makurdi|
|2016||May 25th||12.62s||1st||Heats||National Juniors (D.K. Olukoya Championships)||Lagos|
|2017||Dec 2nd||48.05s||2nd||Final||AFN Golden League||Kaduna|
|Nov 25th||49.66s||4th||Final||AFN All-Comers||Abuja|
|2016||Oct 1st||46.57s||1st||Final||Top Sprinter/ Lagos Relays Athletics Championships||Lagos|
- West Africa University Games (WAUG) 4x100m GOLD Medallist
- Nigerian University Games (NUGA) 4x100m GOLD Medallist
- Top Sprinter/ Lagos Relays Women’s 4x100m Champion
- Top Sprinter Junior 200m Silver Medallist
- Top Sprinter 200m Champion
- Top Sprinter Enugu Auditions 400m Bronze Medallist
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