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World record holder, Tobi Amusan, drops to second position at Lausanne Diamond League

World record holder, Tobi Amusan, drops to second position at Lausanne Diamond League

After breaking through at this year’s World Athletics Championship in Oregon, United States, Champion Tobi Amusan on Friday night won silver medal at the ongoing Diamond League Meet.

Still smarting from the record Commonwealth Games gold she won in Birmingham earlier in August, Amusan hoped to continue her superlative performance but met a resistant hurdle as she lost the gold medal to 2020 Tokyo Olympics winner, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn.

Camacho-Quinn got one over Tobi Amusan winning the women’s 100m Hurdles at the Diamond League in a new Meeting Record of 12.34s (-0.9).

Amusan finished second in 12.45s and qualified for Zurich, while Tia Jones ran a new Personal Best of 12.47s to finish third.

The Diamond League is an annual series of elite track and field athletics competition comprising 14 of the best invitational athletics meetings.

The series sits in the top tier of the World Athletics one-day meeting competitions.

Who is Tobi Amusan?

Oluwatobiloba Ayomide “Tobi” Amusan (born 23 April 1997) is a Nigerian track and field athlete who specialises in the 100 metres hurdles and also competes as a sprinter. She is the current African, Commonwealth and World Champion in the 100m hurdles as well as the record holder in the three competitions. She became the first Nigerian world champion in an athletics event when she won the 2022 World Athletics Championships 100 metres hurdles gold medal, setting a new world record of 12.12 seconds in the semifinal, followed up by a wind-assisted 12.06 seconds in the final to take the gold medal. She won back-to-back African and commonwealth titles in 2018 and 2022 in the 100m hurdles and is also a two-time African Games champion in the event. She won the Diamond League Trophy in Zurich in 2021 in the 100m hurdles becoming the first Nigerian to do so, also breaking the then African Record held by Glory Alozie in the process.

 

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