Amusan fails to defend 100m hurdles title in Budapest
Written by Taiwo Adekola on August 25, 2023
Tobi Amusan failed in her bid to retain her title in the women’s 100m hurdles as the world record holder finished sixth in the final of the Budapest 2023 World Athletics Championships taking place in Hungary.
The star-studded final witnessed the emergence of new champion in Jamaica’s Danielle Williams with her season best (SB) 12.43secs.
She however, managed to wriggle her way to the final where she ran 12.62 secs to finish sixth as the defending champion of the event. Olympic Champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn finished second in a time of 12.44secs. American Kendra Harrisson settled for bronze in a time of 12.46secs.
Earlier, Favour Ofili has also failed to progress to the final of the women’s 200m after finishing seventh in heat 3 of the semifinal.Ofili was drawn in lane 2 and despite starting well, she quickly burned out to finish in a time of 22.86secs in a race won by Jamaica’s Shericka Johnson at 22 secs.
Like Ofili, Alaba Akintola could not withstand the pace in the star-studded heat 2 of the men’s 200m in a race won by American Kenneth Bednarek in a time of 19.96 while African champion Letsile Tebogo finished second with a time of 19.97secs. Akintola finished seventh in a time of 20.75secs to miss his place in the final.