Commonwealth Games: Favour Ofili Claims Women’s 200m Silver Medal

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Nigerian sprinter Favour Ofili produced the best performance of her senior career at a major championship at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, winning her first individual medal after racing to Silver in the final of Women’s 200m event.

Ofili clocked a time of 22.51s, putting some daylight between her and Namibia’s Christine Mboma who was trying to the close the gap on her African rival. Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah, who was a class apart from the rest of the field, bolted away from everyone to win Gold in the event.

Thompson stormed to a new Commonwealth Games Record of 22.02s, opening a big lead going into the home straight, and just motoring away from Ofili who cemented 2nd spot, while Mboma had to settle for Bronze in 22.80s.

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah (L) hugs Nigeria’s Favour Ofili (R) after Women’s 200m event at the Commonwealth Games

Ofili has shown so much promise this season as she earlier broke Blessing Okagbare’s Nigerian Record of 22.04s, while also becoming the first Nigerian woman in history to run sub 22s when she ran 21.96s in May.

Only two African women have ever run under 22s: Mboma and Ofili, and they look like they would foster a continental rivalry that should entice the fans for many years.

The Nigerian will leave the championships a fulfilled woman, adding another individual medal to the 400m Silver medal she won three years ago at the African Games in Rabat. For now, she is honing her skills in the shorter sprints, running super fast times, and when she decides to return to the one lap, she could become unbeatable.

 

Chidi Nwoke/Commonwealth Games/Making of Champions.

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