AMUSAN BREAKS 20-YEAR RECORD, NIGERIA WIN 4X100M GOLD
Nigerian hurdler, Tobi Amusan, has broken a 20-year-old record previously held by another Nigerian, Gloria Alozie, in the 100m women’s hurdles event at the African Games in Rabat.
Amusan set the new record in a time of 12.68secs. In the 1999 edition of the Games, Alozie clocked 12.74secs to set the now broken record.
While addressing journalists, Amusan described the contest as rough. “I am happy I won the race which is the most important thing, but it was a kind of rough race for me,” she said.
Amusan, who would not be part of the relay race, said she will now face the Diamond League, although she has a couple of meets before that.
Also, Nigeria won gold in 4x100m women’s relay with Joy Udoh-Gabriel, Mercy Ntia-Obong, Bukola Adekunle and Rosemary Chukwuma clocking 44.16secs. South Africa emerged second in 44.61secs; Kenya, third in 45.44secs.
Despite fielding Africa’s fastest athlete in 100m, Raymond Ekevwo, Nigeria lost to Ghana in the men’s 4x100m.
While the Ghanaians ran a season’s best of 38.30secs to win gold, Nigeria’s Ekevwo, Divine Oduduru, Emmanuel Arowolo and Usheoritse Itsekiri, finished line in 38.59secs to win silver.
South Africa won the bronze with a time of 38.80secs. Also, Kelechi Nwanaga threw a distance of 55.88m to win gold in the women’s javelin event.
Favor Ofili set a new 51.68secs SB to win the 400m silver medal and qualify for the World Championships in Doha.