U-20 World Championship: Onwuzurike Sets New Record, Ofili Qualifies For Women’s 200m Final

U-20 World Championship: Onwuzurike Sets New Record, Ofili Qualifies For Women’s 200m Final 2


Udodi Chudi Onwuzurike has set a brand new 20.13 seconds championships document and likewise turns into the sixth Nigerian to qualify for the 200m ultimate on the World Athletics U-20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.

Onwuzurike’s goal on the occasion is to succeed Francis Obikwelu as the following Nigerian World U20 champion within the 200m and he’s proper heading in the right direction.

The 18-year-old began on a powerful notice, setting a brand new private better of 20.47 seconds to win his first-round warmth and qualify for the semi-final. In the semis, the highschool graduate stormed to a different private better of 20.13 seconds, the quickest 200m time ever witnessed within the historical past of the championships and a brand new Nigerian U-20 document to qualify for Saturday’s ultimate.

Standing between Onwuzurike and a second World U-20 200m gold 25 years after Obikwelu received in Sydney are two Africans, Bostwana’s reigning World U20 100m champion, Leslie Tebogo who ran a brand new 20.31 private greatest to qualify for the ultimate and Uganda’s Tarsis Orogot who scorched to a brand new 20.37 nationwide document within the semifinal.

Interestingly, all Nigerian athletes who’ve made the ultimate of the occasion ended up on the podium, beginning with Olapade Adeniken who received a silver medal (20.88s) in 1988 in Sudbury, Canada.

He was adopted by Davidson Ezinwa two years later in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He additionally received a silver medal (20.75s) so as to add to the 100m gold he received a number of days earlier.

Deji Aliu adopted in the appropriate footsteps of his predecessors 4 years later in Lisbon, Portugal, operating 20.88 seconds to win the silver medal. This was after he had annexed the 100m gold a number of days earlier.

Then got here Obikwelu who made historical past because the second man after Trinidad and Tobago’s Ato Boldon and first African to efficiently full a dash double on the championships. He received each the 100m (10.21) and 200m (20.47) gold.

It took Nigeria eight years to supply a fifth medallist within the occasion within the type of Divine Oduduru whose wind-aided 20.25 seconds return additionally landed him on the rostrum as a silver medal winner. Onwuzrike will nonetheless really feel it’s the gold this time as he additionally makes an attempt the 20.10 seconds African U20 document held by South Africa’s Clarence Munyai.

Saturday is not going to be about Onwuzurike alone as Favour Ofili may also take to the ladies’s 200m stage to try rewriting the Nigerian historical past books within the occasion 35 years after Falilat Ogunkoya wrote a golden chapter in Athens, Greece on the inaugural version of the World Athletics U20 championships. It’s additionally an opportunity for her to place behind her the frustration of being disqualified on the Tokyo Olympics.

18-year previous Ofili ran the second-fastest time (20.37s) within the semifinal and has been tagged one of many favourites for the gold medal when the athletes file out for the ultimate on Saturday. The Nigerian has been drawn in lane 5 within the ultimate, sandwiched by her two biggest adversaries, the Namibian duo of Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi.

Mboma, recent from her shock 200m silver medal win and a 21.81 African document run on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics early this month is drawn within the exterior lane (six) to the Nigerian whereas her compatriot, Masilingi who raced to a brand new 20.19 seconds Championships document is drawn in lane 4 for what must be the best 200m race within the historical past of the championships.

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U-20 World Championship: Onwuzurike Sets New Record, Ofili Qualifies For Women’s 200m Final

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