Chukwuma ran a personal best (PB), a school record and a world leading time of 7.11 s, to win his 60 m semi race and nearly matched the time by clocking 7.13 s for victory in the final at Texas Tech Corky Classic.
Being the fastest time in the world this year, it equals the fastest in the NCAA and Nigeria. The time also propels her to eighth on the Nigerian all-time list, behind Blessing Okagbare at 7.09 s.
Last season, he had a 60m PB of 7.21s and legally ran 10.99s in the 100m. He also won the BIG 12 indoor and outdoor titles in the 60m and 100m, as well as being an NCAA outdoor finalist. Additionally, she ran 10.8 s into the wind twice, the fastest by a Nigerian athlete in all wind conditions.
Chukwuma’s start to the season in PB form are great signs of what she is capable of running indoors and outdoors this year, as she can only get faster as the season progresses.
For context, the 2022 NCAA Indoor Championships bronze medalist posted an identical time of 7.11 s.
So if the Nigerian sprinter can keep up with this form and improve on it when it matters most, she may be smiling on the podium for the first time in her collegiate career at the NCAA indoor championships.