Nigerian sprint sensation Tobi Amusan has clinched her third consecutive Diamond League trophy.
Amusan triumphed in the 100m hurdles at the prestigious event held in Eugene, Oregon, USA. Her outstanding Sunday performance saw her cross the finish line in just 12.33 seconds.
She narrowly outpaced Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quin, who clocked 12.38 seconds. US athlete Kendra Harrison secured the third position in the fiercely competitive race.
News About Nigeria reports that the victory marks a historic achievement for Amusan, who has established herself as one of the world’s top hurdlers.
Her first Diamond League triumph came in 2021, when she clocked 12.42 seconds, setting the stage for her subsequent victories. In the following year, she solidified her dominance in the event, securing the Diamond League trophy with an impressive time of 12.29 seconds in Zurich.
However, Amusan’s path to this recent victory was not without some challenges. Recall she faced a suspension for doping violations imposed by the Athletics Integrity Unity (AIU).
The AIU cited Amusan’s failure to comply with testing protocols, with the athlete missing three tests within a 12-month period.
Despite these allegations, Amusan was ultimately cleared of any violations just three days before the commencement of the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest.
Amusan showed her resolve to remain at the top during the event but was unable to defend her title, as she finished sixth in the final.
The Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) attributed her poor performance in Budapest, Hungary, to poor mental well-being and lack of adequate training due to the AIU saga.
However, the 27-year-old athlete expressed her unwavering commitment to come back “stronger and better” and proved it at the Diamond League.