Tobi Amusan, the reigning World Champion in the women’s 100m hurdles, has made a strong start to her title defence at the World Athletics Championship. She secured the top position in Heat 5 with a remarkable time of 12.48 seconds.
Despite not having sufficient time to decelerate towards the end of the race at the National Athletics Centre in Budapest, Hungary, the holder of the world hurdles record managed to clock 12.48 seconds (with a wind reading of 0.4) to secure victory in the fifth heat of the women’s 100m hurdles.
Overcoming a slow start, Amusan managed to finish ahead of Megan Tapper, the Jamaican Champion, who secured the second place with a time of 12.51 seconds. Australian athlete Michelle Jenneke secured the third spot with a time of 12.71 seconds.
Amusan competed in Heat 5 alongside athletes like Ebony Morrison, Michelle Jenneke, Maayke Tjin-a-lim, Natalia Christofi, Nika Glojnaric, and Maayke Tjin-a-lim.
During the 2022 World Championship held in Eugene, USA, Tobi Amusan clinched the first place with a time of 12.40 seconds, setting a new African record. She then proceeded to establish a new world record of 12.12 seconds, surpassing the previous record of 12.20 seconds set by Kendra Harrison in 2016.
There were concerns regarding Amusan’s eligibility to participate in the championship due to fears of not being cleared in time by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). However, just two days before the championship began, a disciplinary panel declared Amusan free of any wrongdoing, specifically in relation to the Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) of three Whereabouts Failures within a 12-month period.
Tobi Amusan is among Nigeria’s potential medal winners at the championship. Her impressive achievements include securing the women’s long jump title at the Commonwealth Games, setting a Games’ record of 12.30 seconds. She also defended her Diamond League title in a season marked by setting numerous records and claiming victories in the Nigerian, African, Commonwealth, World, and Diamond League competitions. Her exceptional performance includes a world title with a record time of 12.06 seconds in the women’s 100m hurdles.
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