Favour Chukwuka Ofili has set a new African And national record at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships 2021 on February 27, 2021.
18-year-old Favour Chukwuka Ofili finished third in the 200 meters with a new Personal Best time of 22.75 seconds which dwarfs the former Nigeria national record of 23.00 secondss held by Regina George and by extension the African record hitherto held by Ivorian athlete, Murielle Ahouré at 22.80 seconds.
Regina George at the SEC Championships held at Fayetteville, United States set the previous National Record of 23.00 seconds in 2013 while Ahoure’s mark was set in 2009.
Aside from setting a new National record, Ofili’s time was the third-fastest in her school’s history and it is also an Olympic Standard which adds her to the list of Nigerian athletes that have hit the mark for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
After her heroics in the 200 meters event, Ofili also helped her school secure a 4th placed finish in the Women’s 4×400 meters relay with a SB of 3:31.82.
She ran the second leg and returned the best split time among the quartet at 52.09.
At 16 years and 273 days-old, Ofili was the youngest competitor in an individual event at the Doha 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships where she took part in the women’s 400 meters event.