Favour Ofili achieved a record-breaking run time of 35.99 seconds, thereby breaking Amantle Montsho’s 14-year-old 300m AR of 36.33s.
By Hope Ibiale
Nigerian track and field sprinter, Favour Ofili, has broken a new record in the women’s 300m race at the 2024 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston. Ofili achieved a record-breaking run time of 35.99 seconds, thereby breaking Botswana’s Amantle Montsho’s 14-year-old 300m run time of 36.33s.
Ofili has made both African and national records, and with this new record, she’s become the 10th fastest woman in history over the distance.
Ofili finished second behind American sprinter, Gabrielle Thomas, who finished with a time of 35.75 seconds. While Lynna Irby-Jackson was third with a time of 36.05 seconds.
Favour Ofili is a Nigerian track and field sprinter. The world Under-20 championship bronze medalist is not new to breaking records as she is also the African indoor record-holder, making her the first Nigerian woman in history (and second African woman) to break the 22-second barrier. Ofili also ran 10.93 seconds in the 100m in April 2022, becoming the first female National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athlete to run sub 11s and sub 22s.
The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, formerly known as the Boston Indoor Games, is an annual indoor track and field meet. Since its inception in 1996, it has become one of the most anticipated sports events in the United States.