Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan misses out on a medal in 100m hurdles
Nigeria has suffered another setback at the ongoing Olympics in Tokyo.
On Monday morning, August 2, Nigerian athlete, Tobi Amusan could not replicate the form which saw her win
both the Heats and her semi-final races as she finished fourth in the final with a time of 12.60s, missing out on any medal.
The hurdler suffered a similar fate at the last World Championship.
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, who had set a new 12.26s games record in qualifying for the final, won gold with
another blistering 12.37s finish. Kendra Harrison of the USA came second while Jamaica’s Megan Tapper took
the third position.
Amusan, who is both the reigning African and Commonwealth 100m hurdles champion, had on Sunday become
the second Nigerian woman ever to qualify for the final of the sprint hurdles at the Olympics after
winning her semifinal heat in 12.62 seconds.
However, while the other Nigerian that made it to the final 21 years ago, Gloria Alozie, won a silver medal
at the Sydney Games, Amusan could not follow suit.
Even though there is no medal to show for her effort, the feat in Tokyo is progress for Amusan who exited
at the semifinal stage in her Olympic debut five years ago in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Amusan also narrowly lost out on a medal at the World Championship in Doha; finishing in the fourth position.
By Taiyelolu A