Amusan defends 100m hurdles title in Mauritius

Amusan defends 100m hurdles title in Mauritius
Oluwatobi Amusan of Nigeria in action ·Reuters / Lucy Nicholson

Nigerian athlete, Tobiloba Amusan, became only the fifth woman to successfully retain gold at the 100m hurdles event after claiming gold at the ongoing 22nd African Athletics Championships in Mauritius in 12.57secs.

The 25-year-old won the title for the first time in 2018 at the 21st edition of the competition and is now the third Nigerian to successfully defend the sprint hurdles title after Maria Usifo (1984 and 1985) and Glory Alozie (1996, 1998 and 2000).

She is the fifth African to achieve this feat.

Amusan was, however, denied the chance to break Alozie’s 12.77secs record set at the 11th edition of the championships in Dakar, Senegal in 1998 by an excessive 4.0m/s tailwind.

Amusan’s victory has increased Nigeria’s gold medal haul in the event to 12.

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