Amusan, Ofili, three others qualify for World Championship

Reigning world 100m hurdles champion, Tobi Amusan tops the list of five Nigerian athletes who have secured qualification to next year’s World Indoor Championships scheduled to hold in Glasgow, Scotland after the entry standard was unveiled by World Athletics.

Amusan, who did not run in the 2023 outdoor circuit, secured her qualification through her outdoor performance. The 12.59secs she ran in the 100m hurdles at the Tom Jones Invitational in Gainesville, Florida about week ago inside the 12.80secs outdoor entry standard set for the event.

The world 100m hurdles record holder with a time of 12.12secs will now be among the 48 athletes that will compete for podium appearances in the event in Glasgow.

Also through are sprinters Rosemary Chukwuma and Favour Ofili who unlike Amusan secured their qualifications in the NCAA indoor circuit. Both ran new personal bests to scale through with Chukwuma speeding to a historic 7.09secs in the 60m event to become the seventh Nigerian to break 7.10 in the event while Ofili ran 7.14 to qualify for the Championships.

Two Nigerian men also booked their tickets to Glasgow at the NCAA indoor circuit namely Favour Ashe and Ezekiel Nathaniel.

The qualification window is however still open till February 2024 and a number of Nigerian athletes are expected to still qualify for the global tournament.

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