Stepping away from the barriers for a bit, Tobi Amusan was in action in the women’s 100m flat at the Tom Jones Invitational in Florida where she competed in the second heat of the Olympic Development section, clocking a time of 11.26s (1.1).

She placed 4th in the race won by 100m & 200m specialist Abby Steiner who clocked 11.05s and Kiara Parker in 11.13s. Maia McCoy in 3rd also got the same time as Amusan but was awarded 3rd place by six hundredths of a second.

It was her first race since competing and winning double GOLD at the African Games and kept up with her now three-year tradition of running the 100m first at the start of the season before hurdling the rest.

In the collegiate women’s section, Rosemary Chukwuma ran the fastest time by a Nigerian woman in 2024, clocking a time 11.12s (1.6) to finish 3rd. Jacious Sears won in a stunning 10.77s, the second fastest time ever by a woman in collegiate history.

Meanwhile, Tima Godbless followed up her compatriot’s performance with a 2nd-place finish in the following section in a time of 11.33s, while Success Umukoro made it three for three, winning the third section in 11.43s.

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