Sprint hurdler Oluwatobiloba Amusan has become the fifth woman to successfully defend the 100 meter hurdles title after she stormed to victory in a wind-aided 12.57 seconds at the ongoing 22nd African Athletics Championship in Mauritius.
Amusan, aged 25, first won the title four years ago at the 21st edition of the championship and has now become the third Nigerian after Maria Usifo and Glory Alozie and fifth African to successfully defend the sprint hurdles title.
The reigning African Games champion was however denied the chance to break Alozie’s 12.77s championship record set at the 11th edition of the championship in Dakar, Senegal in 1998 by an excessive 4.0m/s tail wind.
Amusan’s victory has increased Nigeria’s gold medal haul in the event to 12. Meanwhile, quartermiler Patience Okon George qualified for her straight fourth final in the women’s 400m after running 53.24s to win her semi-final heat