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National Trials: I’m Hungry For More – Ofili

After winning her first ever National title in the women’s 100m at the ongoing Olympic Games Trials in Benin, Edo State, Delta born Favour Ofili, has said she is hungry for more titles.

In a star-studded 100m final, Ofili secured the title ahead of African Games silver medalist, Olayinka Olajide and Commonwealth Youth Games silver medal winner, Justina Eyakpobeyan.

Ofili achieved a new Personal Best and Olympic Games qualification after running 11.06secs with Olajide winning silver in 11.37secs and Eyakpobeyan third with a time of 11.47secs.

In an interview Ofili urged Nigerians to continue to pray for her adding that she will go all out at the Olympics to make the nation proud.

“I feel great and I am still hungry for more. The secret is being patient. I didn’t leave 400, my coach observed and did what a coach ought to do. That’s why I am still there,” she said.

“I will go there (Olympics) and do what I am supposed to do more importantly, stay healthy. You all should pray for me to be healthy because if I am healthy, you know what I can do.”

The president of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, Tonobok Okowa, and other board members present were over the moon, congratulating the athletics icon for a good show which reminds many of Blessing Okagbare’s era.

Okowa said: “As you could observe, everyone is happy and jubilant, that’s want we want in Nigeria and for AFN, progress among our athletes on all front.

“Ofili has shown that given the right atmosphere and good sponsorship, our athletes can do wonders and go very far in lifting the country’s name and image worldwide.

“She (Ofili) came home and improved her season best Which also qualified her for the 100m at the Olympics.”

In the men’s version, Kanyinsola Ajayi also emerged as first time Nigeria 100m title winner after speeding past Alaba Akintola and former champion, Usheoritse Itsekiri, with a time of 10.14secs albeit not securing the Olympic Games ticket with the standard standing at 10.00secs.

Akintola and Itsekiri finished the race in 10.16secs and 10.22secs respectively.

On the opening day of the trials, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi successfully defended his men’s Shot Put title with a 21.37m effort. It is his fourth straight title win and five overall after winning on his debut in the competition in Sapele in 2016

His effort was commended by the AFN president who described him as Nigeria’s dependable athlete.

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