World 100m hurdles record holder, Tobi Amusan, has been left out of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria’s (AFN), list of over 20 athletes that will fly Nigeria’s flag at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Amusan was provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after she was earlier charged with rule violation for missing three drug tests in 12 months, which the 26-year-old vowed to fight, stating that she is a “CLEAN athlete” and “regularly tested by the AIU”.
The athletes expected to represent the country at the competition in Hungary, that will run from August 19 to 27, with Amusan conspicuously missing even.
Before her suspension, the world record holder had been in fine form, running a new season’s best of 12.34secs at the Silesia Diamond League meeting in Poland to win her second consecutive race of the season in July, while she also won at the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold in Hungary same month.
All the athletes that made their mark and meet up with the required time during the AFN’s trial at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Edo State, were listed for the Budapest championships.
Ese Brume will lead the Nigerian contingent to Budapest, hoping to improve on her silver medal in the women’s long jump from Eugene, Oregon, last year.
Other females to represent Nigeria are;
Chukwuma Rosemary – 100m and 4x100m
Ofili Rosemary – 200m and 4x100m
Eyakpobeyan Justina – 4x100m
Okwose Faith – 4x100m
Umukoro Success – 4x100m
Uko Imaobong Nse – 400m, 4x400m and 4x400m Mixed
Oke Opeyemi Deborah – 4x400m
Onojuvwevwo Ella – 4x400m and 4x400m Mixed
Ese Brume – Long Jump
Ruth Usoro – Long Jump
Pamela Obiageri Amaechi – Discus Throw
Ashley Anumba – Discus Throw
Chioma Onyekwere – Discus Throw
Olatoye Oyesade – Discus Throw
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Itshekiri Usheoritshe – 100m and 4x100m
Ashe Favour – 100m and 4x100m
Seye Ogunlewe – 100m and 4x100m
Alaba Akintola – 200m and 4x100m
Fakorede Adekalu – 4x100m
Karlington Anunagba – 4x100m
Dubem Nwachukwu – 400m
Nathaniel Ezekiel – 400m Hurdles and 4x400m Mixed
Chidi Okezie – 4x400m Mixed
Dubem Nwachukwu – 4x400m Mixed
Samuel Ogazi – 4x400m Mixed
Enekwechi Chukwuebuka – Shot-put
At the 2022 World Athletics Championship in Oregon, USA, Nigeria finished joint 13th with one gold and one silver.
Written by: Debby Eselebor
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