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Commonwealth gold medalist Favour Ofili was in dazzling form in the women’s 200m heat at the University of New Mexico Open Classic.

She came first in a returned time of 22.55 secs, ushering a good start in the 2023 season.

The Nigeria sprinter beat 21 year-old Lucian sprinter Julien Alfred, who returned in a time of 22.56 secs to finish second. Ofili improved on her season performance in the 60m prelims and came third in 7.25 secs and in the final she clocked a new Season Best of 7.21 secs finishing third, with Alfred winning the race with a Collegiate Record of 7.00 secs.

The 20 year-old Nigeria sprint star, a Louisiana State University student had a sterling performance in 2022 winning gold with the Nigeria side in 4 x 100m women’s relay at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham with a new African record of 42.10 secs.

She also got to the semi- final in the 200m at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon and won silver medals at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (22.05 secs) and the Commonwealth Games (22.30 secs).

Ofili is tipped to run faster than the previous mark by some pundits before the indoor season ends. She has a PB of 7.17 secs in the event.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Godson Brume ran a personal Best to win his qualifying heat in the men’s 60m at the University of New Mexico Open Classic with a new Personal Best 6.69 secs.

The 19 year-old who is a younger brother to Ese Brume the Commonwealth, Junior African and African Event record holder in the Long Jump with a PB of 7.17m earlier equaled his Personal Best of 21.28 secs to win his heat in 200m. 

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