Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan finished second in her first 100m hurdles race of the season at the Tom Jones Invitational on Saturday.
The World Champion was defeated by American Nia Ali, who ran a Season’s Best (SB) time of 12.53s (+1.4m/s). Amusan finished with a time of 12.59s, while Devynne Charlton came in third in a time of 12.64s.
Amusan, who won her heat in a time of 12.74s (1.1m/s), faced a stacked lineup that included former World Champions Nia Ali and Danielle Williams.
Despite the strong competition, Amusan showed her class and looked comfortable in both the heats and the final. She will surely build on this performance as she looks to defend her World title later this year.
In addition to the 100m hurdles, Amusan also competed in the 100m flat race, where she ran a Personal Best (PB) time of 11.10s to place third in her heat. The Nigerian had a good outing in both events, setting a strong foundation for her 2023 season campaign.
The Tom Jones Invitational featured some of the world’s best hurdlers and sprinters, providing a great opportunity for athletes to test their form and fitness ahead of the major championships later in the year. With a strong start to the season, Amusan will look to continue her winning ways in the coming weeks and months.