2023 African Games: Tobi Amusan Inspires Nigeria to 4x100m Women’s Relay, Ghana Settles for Bronze

2023 African Games: Tobi Amusan Inspires Nigeria to 4x100m Women’s Relay, Ghana Settles for Bronze

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
March 20, 2024 at 7:42 PM
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  • Nigeria defended their 4x100m women's relay title in the 13th African Games
  • The West African side edged Liberia and Ghana, thanks to hurdler Tobi Amusan
  • Amusan, who ran the anchor leg, sped her way to clinch gold for Team Nigeria

Tobi Amusan played a pivotal role in guiding Team Nigeria to gold in the women's 4x100-meter relay on day three of athletics at the ongoing 13th African Games.

Affectionately known as the "Tobi Express," Amusan demonstrated her remarkable athleticism by anchoring the relay leg just an hour after securing her third successive African Games gold medal in the women's 100-meter hurdles.

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Tobi Amusan engineered gold for Team Nigeria in the women's 4x100m relay. Photo credit: @MakingOfChamps/Twitter and Monirul Bhuiyan/Getty Images.
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Teaming up with Justina Tiana Eyakpobeyan, Olayinka Olajide, and Abinusawa Forehand, Amusan propelled the quartet to victory, crossing the finish line in a swift time of 43.05 seconds, per the African Games.

This triumph saw the West African nation successfully defend its crown from five years ago in Rabat, Morocco.

In second place, Liberia's team, comprising Morrison Ebony Leea, Smith-Barnett Destiny Alexis, McCoy Maia Alyse, and Collins Shania Kyree Josephine, clocked a time of 44.02 seconds, as noted by BSNSports.

Meanwhile, Team Ghana secured a respectable third place, clinching the bronze medal ahead of South Africa.

The Ghanaian squad, consisting of Mary Boakye, Janet Mensah, Doris Mensah, and Hor Halutie, showcased impressive teamwork to secure their spot on the podium.

Nigeria bags men's 4x100m relay

In a repeat of their victory in the women's event, Team Nigeria once again triumphed over Ghana at the 13th African Games.

This time, it was in the thrilling men's 4x100-meter relay event, where they clinched gold with a nail-biting microsecond lead over their West African rivals in Accra, according to Sports Brief.

The Nigerian quartet, comprising Sunday Israel Okon, Ekanem Consider, Akintola Alaba Olukunle, and Itsekiri Usheoritse, avenged their defeat from five years ago in Rabat, Morocco with a stellar performance.

With a swift time of 38.41 seconds, Nigeria demonstrated impeccable baton exchanges, from the third to the anchor leg, expertly handled by Usheoritse.

Amusan stars in 100m hurdle amid disqualification scare

Just before leading Team Nigeria to another gold medal on the tracks, Amusan encountered a disqualification scare but ultimately prevailed to secure her first podium finish on Wednesday, March 20, as reported by Sports Brief.

Despite a false start in the women's 100-meter hurdle final, Amusan narrowly avoided disqualification, receiving a yellow card instead.

Undeterred, she delivered an outstanding performance, clocking a time of 12.89 seconds.

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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.