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World Athletics Championships Oregon22: Ofili listed among medal contenders in 200m

Apart from the Tobi Amusan who was touted as one of the possible medal hopefuls in the women’s 100m hurdles, another Nigerian Favour Ofili has been tipped as a medal contender in the women’s 200m at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 in the United States.

The Louisiana State University undergraduate remains the only player to be American Abby Steiner at the SEC Championships will be up against Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson in Oregon.

But World Athletics have described Ofili as another medal contender in the event.

“Favour Ofili of Nigeria, the only athlete in the field who has beaten Steiner — at the SEC Championships — is also the only other athlete in the field who has gone sub-20. She clocked 21.98 in April. The 19-year-old is the All-African Games silver medallist and African record-holder in the 200m,” the world body stated in their analysis.

However, Ofili will face a Herculean task against Steiner, an NCAA champion for the University of Kentucky who missed the US Olympic Trials last year due to an achilles injury.

Also in medal contention is defending champion and British record-holder Dina Asher-Smith who had raced only three 200m events this year with a best of 22.27 at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Rome.

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