Tobi Amusan Grabs Diamond League 100m Hurdles, Makes History for Nigeria


Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan was on song in Zurich on Thursday as she dusted a field of strong competitors to emerge winner of the 100m hurdles in the diamond league. The win, secured at a personal, national and continental best of 12.42s, places her on the Athletics map as Nigeria’s first since the league entered the IAAF calendar almost 11 years ago.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist was indeed sensational in Zurich’s final run. Rather slow in her reaction to the starter’s gun, she however, fired up just before the 40m mark and never looked back thereafter as she reached the finish line ahead of Visser Nadine of Holland and Jamaica’s Tapper Megan. Whereas Nadine’s 12.51s second placing earned her both a personal best and Dutch national record, Megan’s third place finishing came via 12.55s.
Narrowly missing out on a podium placing at the Tokyo Olympics, coming fourth behind Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, the USA’s Kendra Harrison and Jamaica’s Tapper, Amusan served notice of her determination to make an impact at the Diamond League.
Before the Zurich event, Amusan appeared in at least, in four races. She was on song at the Kamila Skolimowska meet in Chorzów, Poland, on Sunday, where she clinched gold in her event with a time of 12.64s (0.1). She was ahead of Jamaica’s Megan Tapper, 12.75s and America’s Christina Clemons, 12.92s.
On August 21, she won gold at the Citius Meeting in Bern, Switzerland, on August 21, with12.80s followed by a fourth place finish at the Paris end of the Diamond League on August 28.
At the Zurich event, her quest for the diadem became more evident in the semi finals where she clocked 12.72s (+1.4) to finish ahead of Jamaica’s Yanique Thompson who came in as second with 12.74s.
Her victory in the final brought to an end the 23-year African record as it came two hundredths of a second faster than the 12.44s set by Glory Alozie, 1998, in Monaco in 1998. Effectively, she laid to rest Alozie’s three Nigerian and African records.
Two years ago In Rabat, Morocco, she broke Alozie’s 12.74s African Games record twice, running 12.69 in the semi-final heat bettering it in the final by one hundredth of a second with 12.68s.
Amusan was indeed sensational in Zurich’s final run. Rather slow in her reaction to the starter’s gun, she however, fired up just before the 40m mark and never looked back thereafter. She reached the finish line ahead of Visser Nadine of Holland and Jamaica’s Tapper Megan. Whereas Nadine’s 12.51 secs second placing earned her both a personal best and Dutch national record, Megan’s third place finishing came via 12.55 secs.

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