Fresh from her record-breaking feat at the Wanda Diamond League in Paris where she ran a new African Record of 12.41s in the 100m Hurdles,  Tobi Amusan continued her record-breaking spree, this time around, setting a new Championship Record of 12.54s to retain her title at the ongoing National Championships in Benin.

Earlier in the day, the 2021 Diamond Trophy winner dominated her heat with a time of 12.67s, before breaking Angela Atede’s former CR of 12.63s set in 1997 in Lagos.

Amusan, who is the reigning African and Commonwealth Games Champion, was in a league of her own, pulling clear of everyone to cross the line first as Grace Ayemoba followed in 13.64s while NUGA Champion, Stella Ayanleke claimed her first national medal, settling for Bronze with a time of 13.85s.

Following her successful title defence at the African Championships in Mauritius a fortnight ago, Amusan will now set her sights on the forthcoming World Championships in Oregon and will aim to improve on her 4th place finish from Doha, whilst also hoping to successfully defend her Commonwealth Games title.

In the 110m Hurdles, Abejoye Oyeniyi ran like he had a point to prove, coming through the middle with Alex Al-Ameen and Prosper Ekporere shadowing him and getting to the line quicker than the rest of the field to retain his National title in a time of 13.78s.

Yemi Galadima is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games, Olympics and World Athletics Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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