This is not shocking, because the heroics of some athletes who’ve advanced into world beaters have modified the picture of the game throughout the nation and globally.
Athletes corresponding to Tobi Amusan reached the height of her profession, whereas Ese Brume, Favour Ofili, and a number of other others attained historic feats by no means earlier than seen in Nigeria athletics historical past.
These feats are outcomes of damaged information, first-time achievements in historical past, and a number of other vital milestones worthy of recognition and delight, which have now ignited a hearth amongst Nigerians that may change the game ceaselessly.
On that be aware, here’s a detailed compilation of athletics information and historic feats attained by Nigerian athletes in 2022.
World 100mH File
One is at a lack of phrases attempting to explain the unimaginable feat of Tobi Amusan working a World File (WR) of 12.12s within the 100mH semi-finals, and even a a lot improved time of 12.06s (2.5) to win the ultimate on the World Championships in Oregon.
Her successful time of 12.06s, although unlawful because of the extreme wind studying, is the quickest all-time in all wind circumstances, which means it additionally stands as a WR, certifying she is the quickest dash hurdler in historical past.
Amusan is the primary Nigerian and African lady in historical past to set a WR and be topped World Champion within the occasion, which means no African feminine athlete in historical past that has ever competed within the occasion achieved this feat.
The 25-year-old can also be Nigeria’s first World Outside Champion, equaled by Olusoji Fasuba’s World Indoor 60m title at Valencia 2008.
The WR additionally stands as an African File (AR) and Nigerian File (NR).
Commonwealth Video games Information
On the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham, Amusan and Ese Brume had been the one Nigerian athletes to set a Commonwealth Video games File of their occasions.
Apparently, this occurred the identical day simply minutes from one another. Amusan was the primary to realize hers, blazing via the observe and hurdles to cross the end line in 12.30s (-0.2), which smashed the earlier GR of 12.65s.
Brume adopted go well with along with her final leap in six-jump makes an attempt, taking down the earlier file of 6.99m with a brand new 7.00m to regain her title from 2014.
Diamond League Trophy
One other first for Amusan, she grew to become the primary Nigerian to win not one however two Diamond League trophies in Zurich.
The WR holder efficiently defended her Diamond League title from 2021, working a quick 12.29s, shattering the Assembly File (MR) of 12.40s, to cap off her historic 2022 season.
African 4x100m File
Asides Amusan’s WR and AR of 12.12s, the ladies’s 4x100m quartet comprising Pleasure Udo-Gabriel, Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, and Grace Nwokocha, additionally ran an AR of 42.22s for the fourth place on the World Championships in Oregon, which smashed the earlier file of 42.39s set at Barcelona 1992 Olympic Video games.
They additional took down the file on the Commonwealth Video games, this time changing Udo-Gabriel for Amusan, they usually clocked 42.10s for the title.
African Indoor 200m File
Ofili ran a 200m lifetime finest and indoor African File of twenty-two.46s for victory on the South Jap Convention Indoor Championships.
Commonwealth Video games Discus Champion
Chioma Onyekwere grew to become the primary Nigerian athlete to win a Commonwealth Video games Discus title. She threw a Season’s Finest (SB) of 61.70m for victory within the ultimate, which additionally noticed Obiageri Amechi win the Bronze medal.
Usoro grew to become the primary Nigerian jumper in historical past to compete in each the Lengthy and Triple Leap on the similar World Championships.
She certified for each occasions on the World Indoor Championships, the place she completed eighth within the triple soar, whereas on the World Outside Championships in Oregon, once more competed in each occasions and completed eleventh within the lengthy soar.
African Championships File
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, threw a Championship File (CR) of 21.08m to efficiently retain his Shot Put title from 2018 on the African Championships in Mauritius.
The NR holder within the occasion has now gained three continental Gold medals, cementing his place as probably the most dominant athlete within the occasion since making his debut for Nigeria in 2017.
7.00m soar historical past
This season, Ese Brume grew to become the primary African lady to leap 4 authorized marks over 7.00m. She hit the 7m twice, leaping 7.02m to complete second in Oregon and her victorious GR mark in Birmingham.
NCAA ladies’s 100m historical past
The trio of Grace Nwokocha (North Carolina A&T), Rosemary Chukwuma (Texas Tech College), and Ofili (Louisiana State College) ran good instances of 10.97s, 10.99s, and 11.08s respectively of their NCAA Championships 100m semis to make the ultimate.
It’s the first time in historical past that three home-grown Nigerian athletes competed within the ultimate of the NCAA occasion, and the nation had a number of sub-11s runners in a season, having had Ofili clock 10.93s earlier within the 12 months.
Nigerian 200m File
Ofili erased Blessing Okagbare’s 200m NR of twenty-two.04s with a brand new time of 21.97s, changing into the primary Nigerian feminine athlete in historical past to go underneath the 22s mark.
Nigerian 400mH File
Nathaniel Ezekiel’s good spotlight of the 2022 season was successful the Big12 Championship title for his college Baylor College, clocking a jaw-dropping time of 48.42s, which smashed the varsity file and Henry Amike’s long-standing Nationwide File (NR) set in 1987.
Nigerian Javelin Throw File
Nnamdi Chinecherem gained the Javelin Throw BIG12 Championships title for his college Baylor College, smashing Pius Bazighe’s long-standing NR of 81.08m set in 1999 with a brand new 81.22m, thereby changing into the second Nigerian thrower in historical past over the 80m mark.
Nigerian U20 100m File
On the World U20 Championships in Cali, Tima Godbless opened her marketing campaign by racing to a lifetime better of 11.09s, which launched her above the number-one spot occupied by Uduak Ekah, on the Nigerian U20 all-time checklist.
Ekah was the file holder for 23 years following the 11.11s she ran in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1999.
The 18-year-old Godbless has joined Ofili at Louisiana State College on scholarship to proceed her training and athletics profession.
Nigerian U20 100m File
Udodi Onwuzuruike surpassed Davidson Ezinwa’s 32-year-old 100m Nigerian Junior File of 10.05s, with a brand new lifetime finest and file of 10.03s.
It was certainly an historic 2022 season, wasn’t it?