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Amusan Sets New Season’s Best En Route To Gold Medal

Nigerian female hurdler, Tobi Amusan on Friday struck gold in the women’s 100m hurdles and set many tongues wagging in surprise by clocking 12.68 Seconds.

This increased Nigeria’s medal haul to eight gold, five silver and five bronze medals, with a huge roar heralding Amusan, who beat two Jamaican athletes to the hurdles’ prized medal.

The 20-year old raced perfectly out of the blocks to cross the line in 12.68 seconds, thereby recording for herself a Season’s Best.

Amusan becomes the first Nigerian to win a hurdles title, while Danielle Williams and Yanique Thompson won silver and bronze respectively for Jamaica.

Williams recorded a time of 12.68 seconds to win silver while Thompson won bronze with a time 12.97 seconds.

Amusan had earlier won the her women’s 100m hurdles heat with a time of 12.73 seconds, but her feat in the final makes her the first ever Nigerian athlete to win gold in the event.

Also, her winning time is just 0.03s off the Games Record (GR) of 12.65s set by Jamaica’s Brigitte Foster-Hylton at the 2006 edition of the Games in Melbourne.

It was a dream come true for the 2015 African Games champion, who also finished 5th at the 2016 World Juniors in Poland.

Amusan also got to the semis of the 2017 World Championships in London, and finished 7th in the 60m Hurdles at last month’s World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.

Before heading to Australia, Amusan had earlier been cited as one of the athletes to watch out for at the Commonwealth Games.

In the absence of World Champion, Sally Pearson, it had been predicted that the women’s 100m Hurdles final would be a head-to-head race between Amusan and Williams.

However, the Jamaican ended up in 2nd place in a time of 12.78s as her teammate Yanique Thompson took the Bronze in 12.97s.

Before Amusan’s feat, Nigerian special athlete, Suwaibidu Galadima won gold in the men’s T47 100m event at Gold Coast on Friday morning.

Galadima, who looked in pain after the race as he clutched to his hamstring, finished ahead of England’s James Arnott and Jamaica’s Tevaughn Thomas, completing the race in 11.04 seconds.

Amusan and Galadima’s victories take Team Nigeria’s medal count to 18 medals – 8 Gold, 5 Silver and 5 Bronze medals- and eighth spot on the table.

Earlier, 2014 commonwealth Gold medallist, Odunayo Adekuoroye clinched first gold for the country in the women’s wrestling freestyle 57kgafter defeating India’s Pooja Dhanda with a 7-5 victory by points.

Fellow-female wrestler, Blessing Oborududu also claimed the second gold medal after staging a terrific comeback from a 3-0 deficit to beat Canada’s Danielle Lappage 4-3 in the women’s freestyle 68kg.

Para-athlete Suwaibidu Galadima led from the start to finish to win gold in the men’s the men’s T47 100m final with a time of 11.04s.

Earlier on Friday, Amas Daniel won bronze coming from 4-0 down to equal it at 4-4 against South Africa’s Terry Van Rensburg, winning bronze in men’s freestyle 65kg.



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