World record holder Tobi Amusan failed to defend her World Championships title, finishing sixth in the final of the women’s 100m hurdles in Budapest on Thursday.
All eyes were on Amusan who was only cleared to compete at the World Championships on the eve of the competition after she was provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit.
After posting not too impressive times in winning her heat and her semi-final, Amusan had a lot of improvement in order to retain the title she won last year in Eugene, USA, where she ran 12.12s in the semi final to break the world record.
It was a loaded field for the World Athletics Championships women 100m hurdles final with Tobi Amusan in lane six up against Olympic Champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, former World Champions Nia Ali and Danielle Williams and former World record holder Kendra Harrison – who ran the best qualifying time in the heat and semi-final.
It was 2015 champion Jamaican Danielle Williams who crossed the line first – surprisingly in first in 12.43s to win an unprecedented gold medal.
Camacho-Quinn who was yet to lose a race this year (out of her 12 previous races) wọn The Silver medal in 12.44s.
Harrison could only settle for the bronze medal, crossing the line in 12.46s ahead of Devynne Charlton in fourth with a time of 12.52s and Ackera Nugent in fifth in 12.61s.
Tobi Amusan finished sixth in 12.62s ahead of Ditaji Kambundji in seventh, clocking 12.70s, while Ali was surprisingly last in a time of 12.78s.
“I knew it was going to be tough. I came out here knowing that I could win, but I would have to give everything I had. I still don’t believe I won against such a stellar field,” Williams said.
“My starts have always been good. The finish is usually my problem, but I spoke to my sister yesterday and she said I need to make sure to race over all the hurdles because I wasn’t going flat out through all of them. Today, I was determined to take it all the way.
“When I won in 2015 it was unbelievable, but this took a lot of hard work, a lot of years of toil and injuries, and losing my confidence and battling to get back to this stage. It’s awesome. Jamaica is a proud country and we love to win. I love to win.”
Camacho-Quinn was satisfied with her silver. “I’m not upset at all,” she said.
“After I won a bronze at the last World Championships, now I have a silver. If I add my Olympic gold medal, I have the whole collection to be proud of.”