Tobi Amusan Falls Ill and Withdraws from African Athletics Championship


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Tobi Amusan, the renowned world record holder in women’s 100m hurdles, faced unexpected disappointment at the 2024 African Athletics Championship.


Despite aiming for her third consecutive gold medal, she was unable to defend her title due to illness. This setback hindered her from adding another triumph to her impressive record.

Previously, Amusan had claimed victories in the same event at the 2018 championship in Asaba and two years ago in Mauritius.

Her absence this year prevented her from potentially joining the elite ranks of Maria Usifo and Glory Alozie, the only athletes to achieve three consecutive wins in the women’s 100m hurdles at the African Championships.


Tobi Amusan
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In the midst of Amusan’s absence, Nigeria’s Adaobi Tabugo has already secured a spot in the final, showing promising form for the country.

Despite this setback, Team Nigeria made a strong start to the championship, securing two gold medals during the opening day’s events on Friday.

The competition continues to showcase the prowess of African athletes, with each event bringing excitement and anticipation for fans and participants alike.


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