Right now, I need to rest, says Amusan
• AIU takes files appeal against her to CAS, appeals Disciplinary Tribunal’s Decision
World Record holder in 100m hurdles, Tobiloba Amusan, says she need to ‘rest’ after winning the Diamond League on Sunday night in Eugene, Oregon, United States.
The Nigerian ran 12.33sec, a Season Best, to retain her Diamond League title at the Prefontaine Classic Hayward Field.
Right now, I just want to rest. I’m just grateful to God; that is all I can say this season,” Amusan stated. “This win is not about me. It is for my coach, my family, and everyone who supported me throughout this year. It has been a rough one, and I’m just thankful.”
After finishing 6th position at the World Championships in Budapest, all eyes were on Amusan to storm back into reckoning, and ‘Tobi Express’ proved the setback was a flash in the pan.
The 26-year-old breasted the tape ahead of rivals, Camacho-Quinn (12.38) and Kendra Harrison (12.44), claiming her third successive Diamond League title in grand style.
An elated Amusan said she headed into the race thinking it was hers to lose, and that she was thankful to God for making it happen on the Eugene track she felt was hers.
“I came out here and said it’s my race to lose, and I will give my all. I said it’s 200 or nothing. So I came out here and told God to give me strength.
“I said this racing track in Eugene is God’s track. I came here, and I’m like, this is my track. I’m going to dominate, and God did just that.”
Many people were of the opinion that her 6th position finishing in Budapest wasn’t unconnected to her provisional suspension by the Athletes Integrity Unit (AIU), over violation of three whereabouts failures within a 12-month period.
The Ogun State-born Amusan, who is the current Commonwealth, Africa and Nigeria record holder, has now won the Diamond League title back-to-back in 2021, 2022, and 2023.
Meanwhile, the Athletics Integrity Uni, AIU says it filed an appeal last Friday (15 September 2023) with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the Disciplinary Tribunal’s decision, dated 17 August 2023, that Tobi Amusan did not commit an anti-doping rule violation for Whereabouts Failures.
Amusan was cleared by the Disciplinary Tribunal on the eve of the World Athletics Championships last month after it struck out two of the three whereabouts failures charge preferred against the Nigerian by the AIU.