Nigeria’s sprinter, Favour Ofili, has thrown down the challenge ahead of the Oregon 2022 World Athletics Championships, declaring that she’s heading there to win.
The 19-year-old set a Nigerian record and the second-fastest time ever by an African on April 15 when she smashed the American collegiate 200-meter mark in 21.96 seconds.
Ofili also ran two times under 11 seconds in the 100m in a single week—a wind-assisted 10.90 and a personal best 10.93 in April 2022—moving her up to third on her nation’s all-time chart.
Ofili has been predicted as one of Team Nigeria’s medal contenders at the championships as a result of her recent victories.
“We (African sprinters) now believe in ourselves. We now believe that anything is possible,” she told Olympics.com.
“My mandate is to go there and win regardless of what happens. Run each heat, semi-finals fast and advance. Once you get to the final anything can happen. I am going there to win.”
“I am excited to go back to Eugene (after the NCAA finals). I have run there already but I feel that I still have to do something there. Running with the best people will be a great privilege,” she said.