August, 23 2023.
World Champion, Oluwatobi Amusan last night easily qualified for final of the Women's 100 meters hurdles, clocking 12.56 Secs to win her semi-final race on Day-5 of the 2023 Athletics Championships, holding in Budapest, the capital of Hungary.
Also through to the final are Kendra Harrison of the United States who won her semi-final in a comfortable time of 12:33 Secs, ahead of Devynne Charlton of the Bahamas (12.49 Secs) and Swiss woman, Ditaji Kambundji who placed 3rd.
Amusan's other rivals are; Jasmine Camacho-Quine of Puerto Rico who won Semi-final 3 (12.41 Secs), ahead of American Nia Ali (12.49 Secs) and
Danielle William of Jamaica, who qualified with a Season's Best time of (12.50 Secs).
Earlier on Wednesday, Nigeria's Favour Ofili and Alaba Akintola both advanced to the Women's and Men's 200 meters semi-finals, in contrasting fashion.
Ofili secured the first non-automatic spot as her time of 22.66 Seconds was overall the 16th fastest, whilst the reigning Champion, Gina Bass squeezed into the final by whiskers, taking the final spot in 23.02 Seconds.
A total of five Africans will represent the continent in the event, with the Côte d'Ivoire trio of Marie-Josée Ta Lou (22.26 Secs), Maboundou Kone (22.55 Secs) and Jessika Gbai (22.78 Secs) also making it through to the semifinals; www.ckdmedia.ng reports.
After competing in Heat 1 of women's 200 metres, Ofili had to wait for the completion of all the heats, before getting confirmation that she had made it into the semifinals, but Alaba Akintola avoided such drama, by running a good race to secure an automatic qualification in the men's 200 meters, semifinals.
The Nigerian national champion will return to the track today (around 7.20 pm Nigerian time) for the 200 metres semifinals, and an improved timing should see him qualify for his first ever final, at the World Athletics Championships.
Having already successfully defended her national, African, Commonwealth and Diamond League titles, Amusan will have to be at her very best by putting all the recent distractions she has had aside, to outsmart the very strong field she will be facing today in the defense of the world title she won in a time of 12.12 Secs, at the last edition in Eugene, Oregon, USA.