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Ofili Sets Records In NCAA Indoor Championships, Qualify For Finals

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Nigeria track star Favour Ofili has qualified for the final of the women’s 200m and 60m at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque.

Ofili ran a time of 22.11 seconds (22.18aa) in the 200-meter semifinals which is a school record, meet record, African record, world lead, second in collegiate history, and fourth in world history.

Her previous LSU record was a time of 22.36 seconds which she set back in February at the Tyson Invitational.

She will compete in the final of the women’s 200 meters on Sunday.

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In the 60-meter semifinals, Ofili ran a time of 7.14 seconds, which, adjusted for altitude, comes in at 7.16 seconds, just .01 off of her previous personal best of 7.15 seconds.

Her time auto-qualified her for the final tomorrow at 5:51 p.m. The fastest time in the semifinal field was a collegiate record of 6.96 seconds (6.98aa) by Texas’ Julien Alfred.

Her countrywoman, Rosemary Chukwuma was 5th in 7.23s while Julien Alfred won the race in a new NCAA Record of 6.96s.

Rosemary Chukwuma stuttered a bit leaving the blocks, running close to her compatriot Favour Ofil, who secured automatic qualification for the 60m final. Both athletes still have the 200m to contend for.

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