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Budapest 2023: Tobi Amusan loses title to Willams, misses out on medals

NIGERIA’S Tobi Amusan did not finish among the medals in the women’s 100 metres hurdles final of the World Athletics Championships tonight in Budapest, Hungary.

The 26-year-old went into the race as the defending champion but finished a disappointing sixth, missing out on the first three spots for the medals.

Jamaica’s Danielle Williams shocked the strong line-up by winning the title with a time of 12.43 seconds, just ahead of Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (12.44s) and United States of America’s Kendra Harrison (12.45s) who had been the favourites going into the final.

Starting in the outside lane, 30-year-old Williams blindsided her rivals and powered home to finish first and win her second gold World Athletics Championships gold medal, eight years after her first in Beijing, China.

World record holder Amusan (20.12s), who was slow out of the blocks, finished in 12.62s, showing signs of rustiness after missing a month of action due to a provisional suspension for allegedly missing three out-of-competition drug tests, for which she was eventually cleared.

It was not a great night for Nigerian athletes as Favour Ofili and Alaba Akintola failed to qualify for the women’s and men’s 200m finals respectively.

With Amusan’s performance, Nigeria’s brightest medal hopes in Budapest appears to have ended, with only the relays left for the country to compete in.

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