Athletics: Amusan Warms Up With 100m Run As Amaechi, Chukwuma Shine


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NIGERIAN sprint hurdle star Tobi Amusan attempted a different event overnight and posted a decent result, while her compatriots Obiageri Amaechi and Rosemary Chukwuma did well in their own regular events.

Amusan, the world record holder in the womenโ€™s 100m hurdles at 12.12 seconds, participated in the 100m flat last night in the United States of America to prepare for the new season and the Paris 2024 Olympics.

The 2022 100m hurdles world champion ran a seasonโ€™s best of 11.26 seconds to finish in the fourth position in her 100m heat at the Tom Jones Invitational in Florida, the United States of America.

Amusan was competing for the first time since she won a third consecutive African Games 100m hurdles title in Accra, Ghana in March, and it was only the sixth 100m flat race she was in four years.

Abby Steiner won the race with a time of 11.05s, with Kiara Parker finishing second in 11.13s.

Maia McCoy had the same 11.26s time as Amusan but she edged ahead of the Nigerian star in a photo finish.

Amaechi produced a personal best of 62.92m in the womenโ€™s discus throw at the Oklahoma Throws Series in Ramona to go second on the Nigerian all-time list.

The impressive effort is also the third best of all time in Africa, and she is only the fourth Nigerian woman to ever surpass 60 metres.

Amaechi also threw 60.65m and 60.07m in her series on a remarkable night, barely a month since she won African Games gold in Ghana.

Meanwhile, Chukwuma was third in her 100m season opener, also at the Tom Jones Invitational, clocking a time of 11.12s in a race won by Jacious Sears in a personal best time of 10.77s.

Another Nigerian, Tima Godbless, was also in action in Florida, coming second in the following section in 11.33s, while Success Umukoro won her own heat in 11.43s.

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