January 19, (THEWILL) – Nigeria sprinter and Middle Tennessee State University student, Alaba Akintola, made history on Tuesday, by breaking a 20-year-old school record at the Commodore Challenge.
Akintola, a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, competed in both the 60m and 200m events and came out on top, setting a new personal best time in the 60m with a time of 6.59 seconds. This time also makes him the 13th fastest Nigerian in history and a top 5 time on the 2023 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) list for the event.
The Ondo-born sprinter’s time of 6.59 seconds in the 60m replaces a 20-year-old record set by NCAA champion, Mardy Scales. Akintola’s impressive performance at the Commodore Challenge earned him the title of Conference USA (C-USA) Athlete of the Week. He also broke a 17-year-old record and set a career-best in the 200m with a time of 20.72 seconds at the 2022 C-USA indoor Championship, securing him first place in the finals.
In addition to his recent success, Akintola also took first place in the 60m and 200m events at the Samford Bulldog Open in 2022 and is currently ranked 14th in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships for his time of 21.49 seconds in the 200m dash. Last season, he ran a time of 20.44 seconds in the men’s 200m semi-finals at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship and reached the men’s 100m semi-finals at the same event with a time of 10.25 seconds.
Akintola will be looking to continue breaking records at the Vanderbilt Invitational Championship in Nashville, Tennessee from January 20 to 21.
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