Comeback Queen, Amusan wins hat-trick of Diamond League trophy
Posted : 18 September 2023
Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan on Sunday put the woes of the World Athletics Championships in Budapest behind her with an emphatic win at the Diamond League 100m hurdles for a record third consecutive time. Amusan, with a time of 12.33s, emerged the winner of the keenly contested 100-meter hurdles event to shut her critics after a disappointing outing in Budapest.
With her remarkable performance, Amusan grabbed the headline as the second woman in Diamond League history after Dawn Nelson-Harper to win a hat-trick of 100-meter hurdles titles. The Diamond League in Oregon has become Amusan's strong tournament, with three straight wins and the place where she set the world record of 12:12s.
For Sunday’s race, the hard-charging Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico finished second in 12.38s, while American Keni Harrison was third in 12.44s. Many recall how Amusan was left shattered in the build-up to the World Championships in Budapest after she was provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit for whereabouts failures.
The 26-year-old was cleared by the disciplinary department of World Athletics by a disciplinary tribunal on the eve of the meet’s kickoff, and it was not surprising when Amusan, uncharacteristic, finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdle final in Budapest.
With many not initially sure whether the AIU will file an appeal against Amusan at the Court of Arbitration for Sports, the focus has already shifted to next year’s Olympic Games in Paris. However, with a better frame of mind to prepare, Amusan came out smoking to win her third Diamond League trophy on Sunday.
The world record holder first made history in 2021 when she ran a 12.42s African record to become the first Nigerian to win a Diamond League title. For those who said it was a fluke, Amusan went on to successfully defend her title the following year, running a new 12.29 Weltklasse meeting record in Zurich, Switzerland. And on Sunday, Amusan made it a hat trick of wins with a season-best time of 12.33s in Eugene, Oregon.