In an impressive display of her athletic prowess, Tobi Amusan, the world record holder, secured her fourth consecutive national championship title in the women’s 100mH at the Nigerian Athletics Championships in Benin. Despite the drizzling rain, Amusan clocked an outstanding time of 12.70s, leaving her nearest competitor trailing behind by a significant margin of at least 10 meters. This victory solidifies her position as a dominant force in the event.
The Nigerian Athletics Championships serve as a crucial selection trial for Team Nigeria, determining the athletes who will represent the country at the 19th World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Scheduled to take place from August 19th to 27th, 2023, this prestigious international event will feature the best athletes from around the globe. With her remarkable performance and unwavering determination, Amusan has positioned herself as a strong contender to proudly represent Nigeria on the world stage.
“One thing I always do during my races is that I target that perfect execution and that’s what I did today (Wednesday).
“I started the season with an injury, but now I am good to race. I will continue to get myself ready for other races before the World Championship. I am not under pressure and I will continue to work hard to achieve my goals.”
Tobi Amusan continued her impressive season by securing her first Diamond League victory of 2023 at the Stockholm Diamond League in Sweden. Despite the wet conditions, Amusan dominated the women’s 100m hurdles, crossing the finish line with a remarkable time of 12.52s. She left her competitors, Sarah Lavin (12.73s) and Pia Skrzyszowska (12.78s), trailing behind.
In another noteworthy performance, Ifeanyi Ojeli achieved a significant milestone in the men’s 400m at the Meeting Internazionale Citta De Nembro in Italy. He finished second with a new Personal Best (PB) of 45.63s, marking his fastest time since the Gaborone Invitational in 2019 when he first broke the 46s barrier. Lythe Pillay from South Africa claimed the victory in the competition, clocking in at 45.33s.
At the Edmonton Invitational in Canada, Usheoritse Itsekiri showcased his speed and skill by winning the men’s 100m with an impressive time of 10.21s. Meanwhile, Edose Ibadin secured the seventh position in the men’s 800m, completing the race in 1:53.66s.
These athletes have demonstrated their exceptional talent and dedication to their respective events, achieving noteworthy results on the international stage. Their performances serve as a testament to their hard work and highlight their potential to excel in future competitions.
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