Jamaica’s Williams Beats Tobi Amusan To Women’s 100m Hurdles World Title

Tobi Amusan, the defending champion, was knocked out of the global women’s 100m hurdles title by Jamaica’s Danielle Williams on Thursday in Budapest.

Williams, 30, who previously won in Beijing in 2015, won in 12.43 seconds, beating out Olympic winner Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico (12.44sec) and Kendra Harrison of the United States (12.46sec).

Amusan and 2019 winner Nia Ali were never in the hunt, finishing sixth and last respectively.

Amusan was absolved of drug violations, and her temporary suspension was removed just before the tournament.

The Nigerian track and field athlete was temporarily suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) last month for three missing whereabouts failures.

Amusan was suspended when it was determined that he had missed three drug tests in a 12-month span. Even if an athlete has never failed a drug test, this offense carries a two-year suspension.

Ultimately, the Disciplinary Tribunal announced the verdict which stated, “Tobi Amusan has not committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) of three Whereabouts Failures within a 12-month period”.

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan (L), USA’s Kendra Harrison and USA’s Nia Ali (R) compete in the women’s 100m hurdles final during the World Athletics Championships at the National Athletics Centre in Budapest on August 24, 2023. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

In the final on Thursday, Williams, running in the outsider’s lane two, rose at the final hurdle alongside Camacho-Quinn and Harrison.

However, Williams found just that bit more to cross ahead of her two more fancied rivals.

For Camacho-Quinn it was an improvement of one place from last year.

“I’m not upset at all,” said the 27-year-old. “I can be grateful with that silver. After I won a bronze at the last world championships now I have a silver.

“If I add my Olympic gold medal I have the whole collection to be proud of.”

Camacho-Quinn, only Puerto Rico’s second ever Olympic champion, said to come second in one of the strongest fields of all time was a privilege.

“This final was packed with talents and I was defeated by just a tenth of a second so I don’t have any bitter feelings,” she said.

For Harrison it was once again a final disappointment.

The 30-year-old former world record holder had set a world leading time in her heat of 12.24sec but failed to carry that form into the final.

Harrison added a bronze to her two silvers (Olympic and world).

Also, Jamaica’s Antonio Watson upset a loaded field to win gold in the men’s 400m at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest on Thursday.

Watson, 21, produced a perfectly-timed effort down the home straight to win in 44.22 seconds.

Britain’s Matthew Hudson-Smith claimed silver in 44.31sec, with American Quincy Hall taking bronze (44.37).

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