NIGERIA’S Tobi Amusan made amends for her inability to defend her world title by claiming the Diamond League women’s 100m hurdles title in Oregon, United States of America tonight.
The world record holder could only finish sixth in last month’s World Athletics Championships final in Budapest, Hungary but she was in fine form tonight at the final major event of the athletics season.
Amusan ran her season’s best time of 12.33 seconds to beat a strong field and her retain her Diamond League title.
Remarkably, it is the third year in a row the 26-year-old is winning the trophy, a rare feat in the most competitive event outside of the World Athletics Championships and the Olympics.
She beat World Athletics Championships medallists Danielle Williams, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn and Keni Harrison to the Diamond League Final title, to shake off her recent travails which included a suspension for allegedly missing three out-of-competition drug tests, for which she was later cleared.
In the women’s long jump, Nigeria’s Ese Brume was narrowly beaten to the title in the last minute.
Brume, who also failed to win a medal in Budapest where she finished fourth, was leading with her 6.85m jump into the final round when world champion Ivana Vuelta also leapt to that distance.
Although Brume still had one more attempt with which she could beat Vuelta, she was unable to do it due to an injury and the Serbian won the title on count back as her second best jump was longer than the Nigerian’s.
In other notable events tonight, Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis set a new world record in men’s pole vault with a leap of 6.23m while Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Hansle Parchments won the men’s 110m title.