Ifunanya Muoghalu

  • 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

400 metres
YearDatePerformancePositionStageCompetitionLocation
2017Dec 1st54.50s1stFinalAFN Golden LeagueKaduna
Dec 1st55.51s2ndHeatsAFN Golden LeagueKaduna
Nov 24th56.06s2ndHeatsAFN All ComersAbuja
2015Oct 1st57.24s1stFinalTop Sprinter Lagos Finals (Seniors)Lagos
Mar 21st58.2s3rdFinalTop Sprinter Enugu AuditionsEnugu

200 metres
YearDatePerformancePositionStageCompetitionLocation
2016Sept 30th25.42s2ndFinalTop Sprinter Athletics ChampionshipsLagos
Sept 30th25.30s1stHeatsTop Sprinter Athletics ChampionshipsLagos
May 25th26.30s4thHeatsNational Juniors (D.K. Olukoya Championships)Lagos
2015Oct 2nd25.64s1stFinalTop Sprinter Lagos Finals (Seniors)Lagos

100 metres
YearDatePerformancePositionStageCompetitionLocation
2017Jul 13th13.2s8thHeatsNational ChampionshipsAbuja
Apr 25th12.37s4thFinalNigerian University GamesMakurdi
Apr 25th12.49s2ndHeatsNigerian University GamesMakurdi
2016May 25th12.62s1stHeatsNational Juniors (D.K. Olukoya Championships)Lagos

4X100 metres
YearDatePerformancePositionStageCompetitionLocation
2017Dec 2nd48.05s2ndFinalAFN Golden LeagueKaduna
Nov 25th49.66s4thFinalAFN All-ComersAbuja
2016Oct 1st46.57s1stFinalTop Sprinter/ Lagos Relays Athletics ChampionshipsLagos

    2018

  • West Africa University Games (WAUG) 4x100m GOLD Medallist
  • 2017

  • Nigerian University Games (NUGA) 4x100m GOLD Medallist
  • 2016

  • Top Sprinter/ Lagos Relays Women’s 4x100m Champion
  • Top Sprinter Junior 200m Silver Medallist
  • 2015

  • Top Sprinter 200m Champion
  • Top Sprinter Enugu Auditions 400m Bronze Medallist

2018 National Sports Festival

Glory Nyenke wins women’s 400m Heat 3 at the 19th National Sports Festival

Folashade Abugan wins Heat 2 of the women’s 400m semis at the 19th National Sports Festival

Nse Imeobong Uko wins women’s 400m final at the 19th National Sports Festival

2018 West Africa University Games

Ifunanya Muoghalu wins womens’ 100m Heat 2 at 14th West African University Games Port Harcourt 2018

Joy Udo-Gabriel wins women’s 100m final at 14th West African University Games Port Harcourt 2018

“Running alongside Joy helped me run a new PB”- Ifunanya Muoghalu

2018 AFN Golden League Ozoro

Ifunanya Muoghalu wins Heat 1 of the women’s 400m at AFN Golden League Ozoro

Praise Idamadudu wins women’s 400m final at AFN Golden League Ozoro

2018 MoC Grand Prix

Rita Ossai wins Heat 1 of women’s 400m at the 1st MoC Grand Prix & Relays 2018

Yinka Ajayi wins womens 400m Final A at 1st MoC Grand Prix & Relays 2018

2018 Commonwealth Games Trials

Yinka AJayi wins women’s 400m Heat 3 at the AFN Commonwealth Games Trials

Isoken Igbinosun wins Heat 2 of women’s 200m at the AFN Commonwealth Games Trials

Isoken Igbinosun wins 200m women’s final at the AFN Commonwealth Games Trials

Ifunanya Muoghalu is pleased at finishing 3rd in the women’s 200m at the Commonwealth Trials

Making of Champions 4x100m women’s relay team speak after finishing 3rd at the Commonwealth Trials

2018 Port Harcourt Golden League

Patience Okon-George wins women’s 400m final at the Port Harcourt Golden League

2017 AFN Golden League, Kaduna

MoC’s Ifunanya after wining Women’s 400m heat 2 at the AFN Golden League Kaduna

Team MoC 4x100m Women Speaks after the race at the AFN Golden League Kaduna

MoC’s Ifunanya Muoghalu after winning the women’s 400m final at the AFN Golden League Kaduna

MoC’s Ifunanya Muoghalu wins Women’s 400m heat 2 at the AFN Golden League Kaduna

MoC’s Ifunanya Muoghalu wins Women’s 400m Final at the AFN Golden League Kaduna

2017 AFN All Comers Abuja

Margaret Etim wins heat 1 of women’s 400m at All Comers Abuja

2017 National Championships

Precious Okoronkwo wins Heat 2 of the Women’s 100m at 2017 National Trials Nigeria

2016 D.K. Olukoya National U20 Championships

Ifunaya Muoghalu wins 100m heats at National U20 Championships