Tobi Amusan has emerged winner of the women’s 100 meters hurdles event at the 2023 Diamond League Trophy held at the Prefontaine Classic, Hayward Field, USA (third consecutive Diamond League trophy).
The Nigerian athlete emerged victorious with a blistering performance on September 17, 2023, clocking a season-best time of 12.33 seconds.
In second position was Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (12.38 seconds), while America’s Keni Harrison finished third (12.44 seconds). Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Danielle Williams, who’s the World Champion, could only muster a fourth-place finish (12.47 seconds).
Tobi Amusan’s remarkable performance at the 2023 Diamond League Trophy made history as the second woman in Diamond League history after Dawn Nelson-Harper to win a hat-trick of 100 meters hurdles titles.
Interestingly, it was in Oregon where Amusan won the world title last year and also set a world record in the process.
After enduring some tough times amid a provisional suspension by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) following allegations of missing drug tests, Tobi Amusan has managed to bounce back in grand style.
The 26-year-old was not at her very best at the World Championships in Budapest after being cleared of any doping violation a few days before her event.
Although Tobi Amusan did get to the final, she couldn’t retain her 100 meters World Title, finishing a distant sixth. Her World Record time still stands.
Speaking after winning her race, the African 100 meters Hurdle Record holder said:
“I came out here and said it’s my race to lose and I will give my all. I said it’s 200 or nothing, because 100 %, I am not winning today. So I came out here and I told God to give me the strength
I said this (racing in Eugene) is God’s track. I came here I’m like ‘this is my track, I’m going to dominate’ and God did just that.
Right now I just want to rest. I’m just grateful to God, that’s all I can say this season. This win is not about me, it’s for my coach, my family, for everyone who supported me throughout this year. It’s been a rough one and I’m just thankful.”