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Ella Onojuvwevwo Secures 400m Ticket for Paris 2024 Olympics

Posted : 13 May 2024

Ella Onojuvwevwo has become the latest Nigerian track and field athlete to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics, securing her spot in the women’s 400m at the SEC Outdoor Championships in Florida, USA.


Onojuvwevwo finished second in her heat with a time of 50.57 seconds, beating the Olympic qualifying standard of 51.00 seconds.


The LSU student’s time broke the school’s 27-year record and is the fastest by any Nigerian woman since Falilat Ogunkoya’s 50.50s semi-final run at the 2001 IAAF World Championships in Edmonton, Canada.


Onojuvwevwo was part of Nigeria’s mixed 4x400m relay team that booked their spot at the Paris Olympics in the Bahamas last Sunday, running the second leg.


Onojuvwevwo thus becomes the eighth Nigerian athlete to automatically qualify for the Olympics, joining Tobi Amusan (women’s 100m hurdles), Edose Ibadin (men’s 800m), Ruth Usoro (women’s long jump), Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (men’s shot put), Favour Ashe (men’s 100m), Favour Ofili (women’s 200m), and Ezekiel Nathaniel (men’s 400m hurdles).


Other Nigerians who qualified for the final of their events at the ongoing SEC are Favour Ashe of Auburn University, who won his heat in 10.13 seconds. Godson Brume of LSU won his heat with a season-best time of 10.05 seconds, the fastest in the heats.


Kanyinsola Ajayi, also of Auburn, won his heat with a personal best time of 10.13 seconds. University of Alabama’s Samuel Ogazi won his 400m heat in 45.49 seconds. LSU’s Tima Godbless made it to the final of the women’s 100m with a time of 11.32 seconds, one of the best times in the heats. Opeyemi Oke of Auburn University failed to make it to the final of the women’s 400m, running a personal best time of 53.22 seconds in her heat.


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