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Tobi Amusan Makes History with Third Consecutive Diamond League Win

After a doping suspension and the inability to defend her World Athletics Championships title, Tobi Amusan vowed to make a strong comeback.

  • Toyosi Afolayan
  • 17th September 2023
New York City Grand Prix

Nigerian hurdler Tobi Amusan has once again etched her name in the annals of athletics history, securing a remarkable third consecutive Diamond League trophy on Sunday night in Oregon. Her triumph came after a challenging season, which she capped off with an astonishing win in the fiercely contested 100m hurdles event.


In achieving this historic feat, Amusan joined an elite group of athletes and made history as only the second woman in Diamond League history, after Dawn Nelson-Harper, to claim a hat-trick of 100m hurdles titles. It was in the same arena in Oregon where Amusan had triumphed last year, claiming the world title and setting a world record in the process.



The race was a nail-biter, with the hard-charging Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico finishing a close second in 12.38 seconds, while American Keni Harrison secured the third spot in 12.44 seconds. Jamaica’s Danielle Williams, who dethroned Amusan in Budapest, crossed the line fourth in 12.47 seconds.


Amusan’s performance in Oregon reaffirmed her status as one of the world’s best sprint hurdlers, and she showed remarkable resilience after a challenging athletic season. Her journey to victory was punctuated by setbacks, including a provisional suspension by the Athletics Integrity Unit for whereabouts failures just before the World Championships in Budapest. This suspension cast a shadow over her preparations, leading to an uncharacteristic sixth-place finish in the 100m hurdle final.



As doubts lingered about potential appeals by the Athletics Integrity Unit at the Court of Arbitration for Sports, Amusan’s focus shifted to next year’s Olympic Games in Paris. However, with renewed determination and a clearer frame of mind, she delivered a standout performance in Oregon to claim her third Diamond League trophy.


Amusan’s journey to the pinnacle of hurdling excellence began in 2021 when she made history by running a blistering 12.42 seconds, setting an African record and becoming the first Nigerian to win a Diamond League title. Undeterred by skeptics, she defended her title the following year, establishing a new 12.29 Weltklasse meeting record in Zurich, Switzerland.



On Sunday, Amusan completed her hat-trick of wins with a season-best time of 12.33 seconds, cementing her legacy as a force to be reckoned with in the world of sprint hurdling. Her triumphant performance in Oregon provided a fitting conclusion to a challenging summer and reaffirmed her status as one of Nigeria’s athletic treasures, poised for even greater achievements in the future.


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