‘I’ll shock Tobi Amusan again at Oregon’
Jamaica’s speed star, Danielle Williams has vowed never to allow World Record holder in the 100m hurdles, Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan to have her way in the final of this year’s Diamond league slated for Oregon, United States.
The two-day series final will hold at Eugene’s Hayward Field on September 16-17th. The 2023 Wanda Diamond League Final, which is the 14th edition, will be the first to be held on U.S. soil, and the first to be held outside of Europe.
Last year, Amusan made big headline at Oregon, where she broke the World record with the famous 12.12secs during the 18th World Athletics Championships.
Amusan, who finished 6th in the final of the 100m hurdles at the just concluded World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, could not participate in Thursday’s Diamond League in Zurich, but has gathered enough points to be in the final at Oregon.
Athletes across the globe have been competing for points at series meetings across four different continents since May. Williams shocked the world when she came out of the blues to win the World 100m hurdles title in Budapest last week. The Jamaican said she still has the feeling she can run faster than the 12.12secs her bosom friend, Amusan, did at Oregon last year.
The two-time world champion revealed that she dreamt she would be the one to run the time (12.12sec). “Funny story, 12.12, the time that Tobi ran to break the record last year, I actually had a dream a few years ago that the world record was going to be 12.12 seconds. I thought it was going to be me who is going to break it, but it wasn’t,’ Williams told Sportsmax.tv.
“From the moment I started getting competitive in the hurdles, many people told me that I have the potential to break the world record. I didn’t necessarily believe it at the time. I just thought, you know, you guys are just talking,’ said Williams, who has run a lifetime best of 12.32, the second fastest time ever run by a Jamaican woman.
‘But the more I go, the more I believe that it is in range. And so, I still believe that the World Record is within range. You know, we’re all out here, the essence of track and field is running as fast as you can, and so, I believe that I can run 12.1seconds. It’s just a lot of things that need to be tweaked to get there, but I think I could get there,” Williams stated.
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