Amusan Successfully Defended Her National Title
Tobi Amusan, the world record holder in the women’s 100m hurdles, successfully defended her national title at the National Trials for the 2023 World Athletics Championships. Despite the rain, Amusan crossed the finish line in a smooth 12.70 seconds, securing her place in the upcoming championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Competing in Nigeria for the first time since setting the world record of 12.12 seconds last year, Amusan demonstrated her expertise and eased into the final of the event. Following her recent win at the Stockholm Diamond League, she is now on track to defend her world championship title.
After the race, Amusan expressed her happiness at winning again and attributed her victory to perfect execution. She mentioned starting the season with an injury but assured that she is now in good condition to continue preparing for upcoming races before the World Championship. Amusan emphasized that she is not feeling pressured and will work hard to achieve her goals.
In the men’s 100m final, Usheoritse Itsekiri claimed victory with a time of 10.02 seconds, ahead of Seye Ogunlewe and Alaba Akintola. Itsekiri also matched his personal best time, securing his second national title.
In the women’s 100m final, Blessing Ogundiran emerged victorious with a time of 11.50 seconds, overtaking Faith Okwose, who finished in second place with a time of 11.51 seconds. Ese Brume, the African record holder in long jump, came in third with a time of 11.52 seconds.
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi defended his title in the men’s shot put event, throwing a distance of 21.09 meters. With this victory, Enekwechi has now won four Nigerian titles since his first championship win in 2016.
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