400m: Okezie Paris Olympics ticket

All-African Games Champion Chidi Okezie, stormed to a Personal Best (PB) of 44.97s to win the Men’s 400m at the Edmonton Athletics Invitational, bettering the Olympic Standard.

He also picked the ticket to the Paris Olympics Games.

He finished ahead of Wil London III and DaeQwan Butler, 2nd and 3rd respectively, in an identical 45.55s.

Recall that at the All African Games in Ghana, he ran an absolutely stunning race in the men’s 400m final, storming to a Personal Best (PB) of 45.06s, the fastest time by a Nigerian athlete in 9 years.

Reflecting on his achievement, Chidi Okezie expressed his elation and determination to keep improving. “Breaking the 45-second barrier has always been a dream,” he said. “Securing a spot in the Olympics is a huge step for me, and I’m thrilled to represent Nigeria on the global stage in Paris.”

This season has seen Okezie consistently push the boundaries of his capabilities, culminating in his breakthrough performance in Edmonton. His progression has been closely watched, with each race bringing him closer to realizing his potential as one of the premier 400m runners in the world.

As Chidi Okezie prepares for the Paris Olympics, his focus will be on refining his technique and maintaining peak physical condition to compete against the world’s best. With his current form, he is poised to make a significant impact on the Olympic stage and continue his ascent in international athletics.

Okezie’s journey to Paris is a story of relentless perseverance and excellence, setting a new standard for Nigerian athletes and inspiring the next generation of sprinters. As he heads towards the Olympic Games, all eyes will be on this rising star, who is ready to make his mark on the world stage.