Amusan Begins World Title Defense With Easy Win In 100m Hurdles Heat

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Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan on Tuesday began her 100m hurdles title defence at the World Athletics Championship in Budapest by finishing top of her heat. The world record holder, in her first race, since being cleared for doping by the Athletics Integrity Unit, clocked 12.48s (0.4) to win the fifth heat ahead of Jamaican Champion Megan Tapper who came 2nd in 12.51s and Australian Michelle Jenneke in 12.71s.

By virtue of the victory, Amusan qualified for the semi-finals on Wednesday. Her time of 12.48 seconds is the third fastest in all the five Heats. The fastest time was returned by America’s Kendra Harrison in Heat 3. She returned at 12.24 seconds. Harrison was followed by Bahama’s Devynne Charlton who returned after 12.44 seconds.

Just over a year after smashing the world record in Eugene, Oregon USA, Amusan has enjoyed a superb run of form, defending her Diamond League title in a record-breaking season that saw her set impressive records..

 

 

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