NewsSportTobi Amusan wins third Diamond League title

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan, on Sunday, bounced back from last month’s World Athletics Championships heartbreak in Budapest to win the 2023 Diamond League 100m hurdles final in Eugene, Oregon, US.

In a race where the top six athletes all ran under 12.5s, Amusan clocked a season’s best 12.33s to hold off a fast-finishing Jasmine Camacho Quinn of Puerto Rico and former American world record holder Kendra Harrison, who clocked 12.38s and 12.44s, for second and third, respectively.

World champion Danielle Williams who was among the early leaders clocked 12.47s with fellow Jamaican Megan Tapper close behind in 12.48s. Both finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Sunday night feat, which was Amusan’s third consecutive Diamond League trophy, confirmed her determination to rule the global women’s 100m hurdles. She won her first Diamond League trophy in 2021 in 12.42s and defended the title last year after dipping 12.29s in Zurich.

The victory in Oregon also brings a triumphant close to what has been a difficult summer for Amusan. She was left shattered in the build-up to the World Athletics Championships in Budapest after she was provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) following allegations of missing drug tests.

By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)

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