Danielle Williams from Jamaica has emerged as the new world women’s 100m hurdles champion, beating Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan and other strong rivals at the ongoing 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
The women’s 100m hurdles final took place Thursday evening at the National Athletics Centre in Budapest.
The Jamaican finished first in 12.43 seconds while Amusan clocked 12.62s to finish sixth.
Olympic women’s 100m hurdles gold medalist Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico won the silver in 12.44s and former American record holder Keni Harrison crossed the line third in 12.46s.
“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s been supporting me,” Amusan said after the race. “Through the ups and downs, you all stood by me, and kept praying for me; God bless you all. I’m sorry I might have let you all down, we will be back stronger, definitely.”
She also congratulated the gold medallist whom she said is the “only person I can call a friend in the hurdles. She’s genuine and she’s been supporting me through it all and I’m so glad that I was in the race to witness her win the world title.”
With the win, Williams reclaimed her world women’s 100m hurdles crown. She first won the World Athletics Championships gold in Beijing in 2015.
“I still don’t believe I won against such a stellar field,” said the Jamaican track and field athlete. “I’ve been racing these ladies all year and they have been kicking me left, right and centre. But I had such confidence in my training and my abilities that I never stopped believing. I came out here knowing I could win.”
The championship ongoing in Budapest ends on Sunday, August 27.