By Dare Esan:
Reigning African sprint hurdles queen, Tobiloba Amusan restored some pride to Nigeria Friday evening in Brussels with her fourth place finish in the final of the 100m hurdles as the 2018 IAAF Diamond League meetings came to a glorious finish, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The petite hurdler ran 12.69 seconds behind American duo of McNeal Brianna (12.61) and Kendra Harrison (12.63), as well as Jamaica’s Danielle Williams who finished third in 12.64 seconds.
Apart from wiping away the memory of Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor’s disappointing false start at the penultimate Diamond League meeting on Thursday in Zurich, and her subsequent disqualification, Amusan won for herself $6,000 for her fourth place finish.
Amusan, with her feat in Brusses, thus becomes the second Nigerian sprint hurdler to run in the final of a major one day athletics event after Gloria Alozie who placed third at the IAAF Grand Prix final in Moscow, Russia in 1998.
Onky quartermiler, Falilat Ogunkoya has been crowned champion of an individual event in the final of a one day meeting. She won the 400m gold ahead of compatriot, Charity Opara and Jamaica’s Sandie Richards in 1998 in Moscow.