Reigning African 100m hurdles queen Tobiloba Amusan Friday evening ran 12.69 seconds to place second at the Allianz Memorial Van Damme in Brussels, Belgium, the penultimate meeting of the Wanda Diamond League meeting.
The feat ensured the petite, 24 year old not only qualified for the final of the event scheduled for the Weltklasse in Zurich, Switzerlandz but the Nigerian also won USD 6,000 for her effort.
Amusan needed only to finish above seventh to confirm her place in the final but the 2018 Commnwealth Games champion almost won the race, after coming from behind to race to the finish line alongside Netherland’s Nadine Visser who also ran 12.69 seconds but was awarded the first place ahead of the Nigerian.
Both Visser and Amusan will meet again in Zurich where the stakes are higher as the duo, alongside six others viz; Tapper Megan of Jamaica; Sember Cindy of Great Britain; another Jamaican, Williams Danielle who didn’t finish in Brussels; Bogliolo Luminosa of Italy; USA’s Cunningham Gabriele and reigning Olympic champion, Camacho-Quinn Jasmine of Puerto Rico, will compete to become “2021 Diamond League Champion” and be awarded a Diamond Trophy, USD30,000 prize money and a wild card for the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA next year.
With Camacho-Quinn likely to be absent as she has not competed after her triumph at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the race is now wide open for four out of the eight contestants viz Amusan, Williams Danielle, Visser and Cunningham Gabriele to end the season as the champion.
It will be a reward of sort for Amusan after finishing fourth in the final of the event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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