African Games: Tobi Amusan Defends 100m Hurdle Title After Surviving Disqualification Scare

African Games: Tobi Amusan Defends 100m Hurdle Title After Surviving Disqualification Scare

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at March 21, 2024 at 7:09 AM
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  • Tobi Amusan clinched the gold in the women's 100m hurdles at the 2023 African Games in Accra
  • The world record holder in hurdles survived a disqualification scare after a false start in the final
  • This the third time in a row Amusan has clinched the top honours after success in 2015 and 2019

Renowned hurdler, Tobi Amusan, faced a disqualification scare but ultimately triumphed to claim gold at the 13th African Games in Accra, Ghana.

Despite a false start in the women's 100-metre hurdle final, the Nigerian superstar managed to avoid disqualification, receiving a yellow card instead.

Tobi Amusan, Nigeria, women's 100m hurdle, African Games, Accra.
Nigeria's Tobi Amusan strolled to a defence of her women's 100m hurdle title at the African Games. Photos by Christian Petersen and Sam Barnes.
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Amusan braves disqualification scare to win gold

Seizing the opportunity, she delivered a stellar performance, crossing the finish line with a time of 12.89 seconds, as noted by the African Games.

Affectionately known as the 'Tobi Express', Amusan, though not her usual lightning-fast self out of the blocks, quickly regained momentum.

The Nigerian initially faced stiff competition from Madagascar's Fiadanantsoa Sidonie but surged ahead after the 50m mark, successfully defending her title.

Sidonie secured the silver medal with a time of 13.19 seconds, while Ashley Tinashe Kamangirira from Zimbabwe claimed the bronze.

Highlighting Tobi's supremacy on the continent, she has now secured a hat-trick of 100m hurdles African Games titles, triumphing in the event at the past two editions in Congo Brazzaville 2015 and Rabat 2019, per the Daily Post.

Chidi Okezie wins gold for Nigeria in 400m final

Meanwhile, American-born Nigerian athlete, Chidi Anthony Okezie clinched gold in the men's 400m final on the third day of athletics, as Sports Brief reported.

Despite a sluggish start, he showcased incredible determination to stage a remarkable comeback in a time of 45.06 seconds, also setting a new personal best.

Tobi Amusan bags master's degree in USA

Sports Brief also previously reported on Amusan attaining her master’s degree at the University of Texas in El Paso last year.

The world record holder in the 100m hurdles shared glimpses from her graduation ceremony for her followers on Instagram.

Reflecting on her journey, Amusan recounted her academic pursuit, crediting several mentors who inspired her along the way.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.