At the Tom Jones Memorial Classic 2022, Favour Ofili, a Nigerian athlete, broke Blessing Okagbare’s 200-meter national record.
Okagbare had previously owned the National Record with a time of 22.04 seconds, which he has held since 2018.
Ofili raced a world-record-breaking 21.96 seconds to become the first college athlete to break the 22-second barrier.
She became the first Nigerian girl to break 22 seconds in the women’s 200m with the mark.
She has set a new NCAA and National Record. Her time is also the best in the world this year, the best in the NCAA history, and a new School Record.
Favour Ofili won the women’s 200m at the Tom Jones Invitational in Florida on Friday, clocking a world-leading time of 21.96 seconds (1.3), ahead of Kamaya Debose-Epps in 22.81 seconds and Jonah Ross in 22.91 seconds.
Ofili is a track and field athlete from Nigeria who specializes in the 200 and 400 meter sprints.
She won silver in the 400 meters at the 2019 African Games. In addition, she is the African Youth Champion in the 200 and 400 meters for 2019.