Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan is poised for Wednesday’s semifinals of the World Athletics Championships in Budapest after qualifying on Tuesday evening after her 12.48 secs finish in the 100m hurdles event, reports Prime Business Africa.
The time was the third best after Tuesday’s heats in Budapest.
Amusan whose provisional suspension by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) was reversed for missing three drugs test in the year 2023 ahead of the competition finished top of three other qualified athletes.
Amusan was 3 seconds better than Jamaica’s Megan Tapper who claimed a 12.51 seconds.
Great Britain’s Michelle Jenneke finished on 12.71 secs while Natalia Chrosrofi achieved a 12.90secs time.
Today’s showpiece will see top six finishers advancing to the final of the hurdles.
Meanwhile the duo of Favour Ofili and Alaba Akintola will be participating in the semifinals of the today’s women’s and men’s 100m events.
Akintola will run in lane 6 while Ofili will be on lane 5 in their respective races.
With the World Athletics Championship in Budapest entering its 5th day on Wednesday, Nigeria’s representatives are yet to be on the medals’ table.
Wednesday’s events on the tracks will begin 10am while the events involving the Nigerian athletes will take place at 6pm and 7.05pm Nigerian time.
Other events to hold on Wednesday albeit without Nigerian presence include Javelons, 800m,15,00m, Discus and the High jump.
United States of America’s golden girl of the hurdles, Kendra Harrison ran 12.24 in one of the heats to threaten Amusan’s time of 12.19 achieved in Oregon last year.
Harrison had in fact previously broken a world record in the same discipline that stood since 1988.
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