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Tobi Amusan wins first Diamond League race of 2023 as Africans dominate

WORLD record holder Tobi Amusan claimed her first victory in the World Athletics Diamond League this year with a dominant win in the women’s 100 metres hurdles in Stockholm, Sweden today.

The 26-year-old Nigerian star stormed to a 12.52 seconds finish to stay clear of the field, with Sarah Lavin coming second in a personal best time of 12.73s and Poland’s Pia Skrzyszowska third in 12.78s.

Apart from Amusan, who set the women’s 100m hurdles world record of 12.12s last year, there were several other African winners in Stockholm today.

Algerian’s Djamel Sedjati was victorious in the men’s 800m with a time of 1:44.59s, while Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco won the men’s 3000m steeplechase in 8:09.84, with Getnet Wale of Ethiopia and Abraham Sime also of Ethiopia completing the podium.

Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet produced her season’s best 14:36.52 to win the women’s 5000m ahead of Ethiopian pair Limb Hailu and Medina Eisa.

It was an Ethiopian 1-2-3 in the women’s 1500m, with Lemlem Hailu finishing first ahead of Diribe Welteji and Hirut Meshesha, while South Africa’s Zakithi Nene (45.30s) won the men’s 400m ahead of Nigeria’s Emmanuel Bamidele.

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