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Amusan reignites Nigeria’s medal hope with 100m hurdles semi-final berth

Amusan reignites Nigeria’s medal hope with 100m hurdles semi-final berth

The hope of Team Nigeria to salvage the dwindling fortunes at the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games was reignited following Tobi Amusan’s 100m hurdle semi-final qualifications.

She had earlier ran 12.72 seconds to win her first-round heat and kept her hope of becoming the second Nigerian to win a sprint hurdles medal at the Olympics after Glory Alozie won a silver medal in Sydney in 2000.

She clocked a time of 12.72 (+1.4) seconds over Jamaica’s Yanique Thompson who finished second in 12.74 secs.

Poland’s Pia Skrzyszowska ran a personal best 12.75 to place third and also qualify for the semi-finals which are scheduled for Sunday.

24-year-old African champion had reached the semi-finals of the event at the Rio Games in 2016, clocking 12.91.

She is also expected to represent Nigeria in the women’s 4x100m relay event.

Amusan, who is ranked number four in the world in the 100m hurdles, will have her semi-final at 11.45 am (Nigeria time) on Sunday. 

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