United States-based Nigerian sprinter, Nathaniel Ezekiel, made headlines as he stormed to a massive 48.42 seconds, breaking the 35 year-old Nigerian National Record that was set by Henry Amike in 1987.
The 18 year-old, who moved to the U.S. soon after representing Team Nigeria at the last World U-20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, last year, competed for Baylor at his first Big 12 Championships.
Amike also set a new World U20 Lead, an NCAA Lead and moved to 4th on the 2022 global top list.
The wonderkid was followed by Isaiah Levington who crossed the line in second in 48.82 seconds with Malik Metivier coming home in third place in 49.53 seconds.
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Ezekiel became the fourth Nigerian athlete in history to run a sub 49s in the 400m hurdles.
This massive time has made him to qualify for the World Championships that will be in Eugene, Oregon, between July 15 and 25.