Amusan revels in joy. Deadline appeal for ban expires

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan made a remarkable comeback after a tough showing at the World Championships to claim her third consecutive title in the women’s 100m hurdles at the Diamond League in Eugene, Oregon, United States.

Amusan, who paced out strong and held off a competitive field over the final hurdles, crossing in a season-best 12.33. The Ogun state born world champion was elated after the race.

“I came out here…and said it’s my race to lose, and I give my all,” Amusan said. “I said it’s 200 or nothing, because 100% is not winning today. So I came out here and I told God to give me the strength.”

It was a double joy for the world record holder in the event as the victory brings a triumphant close to what has been a difficult summer. Earlier yesterday, the uncertainty over the future of Amusan’s career was laid to rest after the deadline for the AIU to file an official appeal against her overturned ban expired.

“I’m just grateful to God, that’s all I can say this season,” Amusan said. “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.”

Ikenna Okafor