Over the weekend, Nigerian athletes continued their amazing performance as they prepare for the Tokyo Olympics. Another athlete Favour Ofili, broke the African record in the women’s 200m indoors event at the SEC Indoor Championships, Fayetteville, USA on Saturday evening.
Ofili ran 22.75s to set a new African record, thereby breaking the 22.80s African record set by Ivorian Murielle Ahouré at the NCAA Division I Championships, March 2009.
The 18 year old came out as the fourth best in the NCAA and the third fastest in her school, Louisiana State University history.
The record breaking feat enabled her to meet the 2020 Olympics 22.89secs qualifying standard for the women’s 200m event.
The first heat was won by Abby Steiner in 22.50s, Tamara Clark came second in an SB of 22.70s and the 2019 African Youth champion was placed third with 22.75 seconds.
In the other news earlier reported over the weekend, Ruth Usoro qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s long jump and triple jump events while competing at the Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championship Sports Performance Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.
According to the Punch, Usoro leapt 6.82m to win the long jump Friday evening.
She later broke the Nigerian record by leaping a distance of 14.36m in the women’s triple jump event.