Amusan claims second Diamond League trophy



Reigning Commonwealth and World 100m hurdles champion, Tobi Amusan, on Thursday claimed her second Diamond League trophy and won $30,000 after she set a meet record of 12.29secs to win the women’s 100m hurdles in Zurich, The PUNCH reports.

She also secured a wild card for the World Athletics Championships next year in Budapest, Hungary in the process.

Amusan’s victory shattered Gail Devers’ 22-year-old 12.33secs meet record set in 2000.

Tia Jones finished second in 12.40secs, while Brittany Anderson came third with a time of 12.42secs.

Olympic champion, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, who, prior to the race had not lost at any Diamond League circuit this season, came fourth after running 12.49secs.

Her time was the second fastest legal time ever over the hurdles after the 12.12secs world record she posted in July at the World Championships in Oregon, USA.

The 25-year-old has now successfully defended four titles this year.

Amusan started the year by retaining her African Championships title in Mauritius back in June, before traveling to Paris to smash her 12.42secs African record with a time of 12.41secs at the Diamond League meeting in Paris.

Amusan ran 12.41secs at the Diamond League meeting in Paris, before storming Benin City, Edo State to erase the 12.63secs Nigerian Championships record set in 1997 by Angela Atede in Lagos.

The reigning African champion ran 12.58secs to add the championships record to her collections, before going to the biggest stage in world athletics to achieve legendary status.

Amusan produced one of the biggest surprises of the World Championships when she sped to a world record of 12.12secs in the semi-finals of the 100m hurdles, following it with a wind-assisted 12.06secs in the final to win gold.

The Nigerian went on to win the Commonwealth Games title with a Games record 12.30secs and in the process became the first Nigerian track and field athlete to successfully defend an individual title at the Games.