World Champion Tobi Amusan is set to face a fierce challenge in her first 100m hurdles race of the season at the upcoming Tom Jones Invitational. Although this is her second race of the season, the Nigerian athlete will be aiming to kick off her 100mH campaign on an impressive note.
The race features a stacked lineup of some of the world’s best hurdlers, including former World Champions Nia Ali and Danielle Williams. Devyne Charlton, Anna Hall, Kerrica Hill, Gabbi Cunningham, and Jade Barber are also listed to compete, making for a highly competitive event.
With the world record of 12.12s to her name, Amusan is no stranger to success in the 100m hurdles. But she knows that anything can happen on race day, and she will need to bring her A-game to fend off her formidable opponents and make a statement in her season opener.
In addition to the 100m hurdles, Amusan will also compete in the 100m flat race, facing off against former World Indoor champion Murielle Ahoure-Demps. With a Personal Best (PB) of 11.14s recorded last year, the Nigerian will be aiming to start the season strong by running close to or lowering her PB.
Other notable athletes listed for the 100m race include European champion Gina Luckenkemper, American trio Celera Barnes, Brittany Brown, and Kortnei Johnson, China’s Liang Xiaojing, Jamaica’s Kiara Grant, and Charlton returning after competing in the 100m hurdles.
Amusan kicked off her 2023 season with a win in the 200m event at the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn last month, where she recorded a time of 23.38s.
With the stage set for a highly competitive event, all eyes will be on Amusan as she aims to defend her World title in Budapest later this year.