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13th African Games: Superstar Tobi Amusan storms Ghana for Nigeria

Posted : 19 March 2024

Nigeria's new queen of the track, Tobiloba Amusan, announced her arrival in Accra on Monday as she is set to don the green and white colors of Nigeria at the ongoing 13th African Games in Ghana.

Amusan, who skipped her participation in the World Indoor meet in Brisbane, instead decided to participate and represent Nigeria, her country of birth, in the 13th African Games in Ghana.

According to the Nigeria Athletics Federation, Amusan will participate in three other events besides her specialty, which is the 100m hurdles.

Amusan is expected to compete in the Women's 100m, 200m, and 4x100 Women's relay.

All eyes will be on Tobi Amusan as she is expected to bring her wealth of experience to the fore and churn out more gold medals for Nigeria when the 100m hurdles start today (Tuesday) at the University of Ghana.

The 27-year-old Amusan will be keen to successfully defend, for the second time, the title she first won in 2015.

Amusan ran a new 12.68 Games record to successfully defend her 2015 title five years ago in Rabat and will be looking to become the first sprint hurdler, the second Nigerian woman, and the third Nigerian in general to win an African Games track and field event three straight times.

This will be the third time Amusan will be gunning for a hat-trick of 100m hurdles titles in quick succession after she successfully defended her Nigerian Championship title in Benin City last July in Nigeria and the Diamond League crown last September in Oregon, USA.

Tobi Amusan set an African women’s indoor record in the 60-meter hurdles after she clocked 7.77 seconds at the Astana Indoor Meet, Kazakhstan.

The 26-year-old blitzed across the indoor circuit on Saturday to break the 7.82-second record set by Gloria Alozie in Madrid, Spain, in 1999.

Amusan finished first in the event's final ahead of Nia Ali of the US and Ireland's Sarah Lavin, who finished second and third, respectively.


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