Diamond League: Camacho-Quin outshines Amusan in Lausanne
by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja
World champion Tobi Amusan in the Athletissima Wanda Diamond League in Lausanne, Switzerland, trailed on second after Jasmine Camacho-Quin took first in Women’s 100m hurdles in a new Meeting Record of 12.34s (-0.9).
Amusan, who stunned the world in Oregon and sustained such ecstasy in Commonwealth Games where she won the gold medal in Birmingham, clinched the silver medal at Wanda Diamond League Meet on Friday night to add to her medals.
Expectedly, the blazing Nigerian-born sprinter who shot herself to stardom in Oregon had hoped for a gold medal but met a formidable challenge from Puerto Rican Camacho-Quin who edged her to claim the gold medal.
Aside from gold medalist Camacho-Quin, who in 2020 Tokyo won the gold medal in 100m hurdles, Tia Jone got the bronze medal with a Personal Best of 12.47s.
However, Amusan, with a second-place finish from a 12.45s run, has qualified to feature in the Wanda Diamond League Final in Zurich which is scheduled from September 7-8.
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The world record holder despite the setback will aim to recover from it in Zurich with a target to be handed a wildcard entry to the World Athletics Championships in Budapest in 2023.
According to the athletics world governing body, all gold medalists in the Wanda Diamond League Final in Zurich will be handed automatic qualification to feature in Budapest without passing through the qualifying phases.