It took Abiola Ogunbanwo 59.74s to become the first Nigerian woman to finish 100m swimming freestyle under a minute, setting a new record on 28, July 2021.
She broke through Ngozi Monu’s record in a splash. Ngozi Monu’s 1.00.50 record was untouchable for about 15 years until now.
The 17-year-old won Hear 1 at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre and ranked the 50th best overall in the event.
Despite not reaching semi-finals, it appears the future is promising for her telling from her very first performance in the heat of the women’s 100m freestyle event finishing ahead of Andela Antunovic of Montenegro (1:00.01), Nepal’s Gaurika Singh (1:00.11), and Mineri Gomez of Guam (1:04.00).
Abiola Ogunbanwo holds a remarkable national record in 100m, 400m freestyle and 200m breaststroke.
By Elijah Christopher