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Ofili breaks African indoor record; Amusan surpasses personal record

Posted : 06 February 2024

Favour Ofili, the Nigerian athlete based in the United States, has made headlines by setting a new African women's indoor record in the 300 meters at the NB Indoor Grand Prix held in Boston. 

With an impressive time of 35.99 seconds, Ofili achieved the remarkable feat, securing her position as the 10th fastest woman ever over this distance. The event was won by Gabby Thomas from the United States, clocking in at 35.75 seconds.

Notably, Favour Ofili had previously gained recognition as the bronze medallist in the 200 meters at the 2021 World U-20 Championships. Moreover, she was already the holder of the African indoor record in the 200m category. 

As an accomplished athlete, Ofili also boasts a Nigerian record at the U20 level for the 200 meters, completing the race in an impressive 21.96 seconds. This achievement solidifies her position as the first Nigerian woman in history and the second African woman to break the 22-second barrier over this distance.

In a remarkable display of Nigerian talent, Tobi Amusan, another prominent athlete, broke her own African Record (AR) in the women's 60m hurdles at the same NB Indoor Grand Prix. Amusan showcased her prowess by finishing second with an extraordinary time of 7.75 seconds. 

The event's victory went to Tia Jones, who completed the race in 7.72 seconds, while Devynne Charlton secured the third position with a time of 7.76 seconds. Impressively, Amusan managed to set two African records within a week at this prestigious event.


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