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Tobi Amusan wins Jamaica Invitational, sets new world-leading time

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Nigerian sensation Tobi Amusan showcased her athletic prowess on Saturday night at the inaugural Jamaica Athletics Invitational, held at the National Stadium.

In a stunning performance, Amusan clinched victory in the women’s 100m hurdles with a world-leading time of 12.40 seconds.

Despite trailing behind reigning world champion Jamaican Danielle Williams and American Nia Ali for most of the race, Amusan surged ahead in the closing stages, surpassing the previous world-leading time set by Tonea Marshall of the USA on April 20.

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According to jamaica.loopnews.com, Williams secured second place with a time of 12.46 seconds, while Christina Clemens of the USA finished third in 12.54. Yanique Thompson of Jamaica claimed fourth in 12.59, and Ali slipped to fifth with a time of 12.65.

Amusan’s remarkable victory comes after ending last season triumphantly by clinching the Diamond League women’s 100m hurdles title in Eugene, Oregon, for an unprecedented third consecutive time. This victory silenced critics following a disappointing performance at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest.

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Interestingly, it was in Oregon where Amusan not only won the world title in 2022 but also set a world record in the process.

In the men’s 110m hurdles, world leader Daniel Roberts led a 1-2 finish for the USA. Roberts secured a comfortable victory with an impressive time of 13.17 seconds. Eric Edwards claimed second place in 13.33, narrowly ahead of Jamaican Lafranz Campbell, who clocked 13.37.

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