Diamond League final : Amusan faces stiff test against Olympic champion

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: Tobi Amusan of Nigeria reacts after winning the women 100m hurdles during the Meeting de Paris, part of the 2022 Diamond League series at Stade Charlety on June 18, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Fresh from her weekend’s triumph in Berlin, Tobi Amusan will be up against Jasmine Camacho-Quinn in the women’s 110m hurdles as the World and Olympic champions clash today at the Wanda Diamond League final in Zurich.

Amusan returned to winning ways after finishing second behind Camacho-Quinn last week when she sped to a 12.45sec victory to beat USA’s Tia Jones (12.58secs) to second place at the Berlin’s ISTAF meeting.

The world’s greatest athletes will aim to earn a final piece of hardware this season when the Letzigrund Stadium hosts the second day of the Wanda Diamond League final in Zurich with six Diamond League champions expected to be crowned. Diamond trophies and top $30,000 prizes, as well as wildcard entries to the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 will be at stake.

Amusan, produced one of the biggest surprises of the 2022 World Championships in Oregon when she sped to a world record of 12.12secs in the semifinals of the women’s 100m hurdles, following it with a wind-assisted 12.06 in the final to win gold. The Nigerian went on to win the Commonwealth title in a Games record of 12.30secs.

Since taking bronze at the World Championships, Camacho-Quinn has been undefeated as the Olympic champion won in Stockholm, Silesia, Lausanne, and Brussels setting meeting records at the three most recent meetings, and beating Amusan in Lausanne.

The duo will clash again in Zurich, along with Olympic silver medallist Kendra Harrison, world silver medallist Britany Anderson, world indoor silver medallist Devynne Charlton and 2019 world champion Nia Ali.

In the women’s 100m, Jamaican five-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce returned from an injury niggle to race in Brussels last weekend, where she was beaten by 0.01 by fellow Jamaican Shericka Jackson, the world 200m champion.

It was far from a disaster for Fraser-Pryce, though, who still clocked a remarkable 10.74. And that race could be just the motivation she needs to secure another Diamond Trophy in Zurich.

Jackson will no doubt be her toughest rival once again, while the competitive line-up also includes African record-holder Marie-Josee Ta Lou, US trio Aleia Hobbs, Sha’Carri Richardson and Twanisha Terry, and world indoor 60m champion Mujinga Kambundji.

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