Commonwealth Games: Excitement as Nigeria beats Jamaica, wins gold in women’s 100m hurdles

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Nigeria’s Oluwatobiloba Amusan has won the gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdles final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The 20-year-old was quickest out of the blocks in the final event of the night at the Carrara Stadium and held off the challenge of Jamaica’s Danielle Williams to win by just one-tenth of a second, crossing the line in a time of 12.68s.

Amusan’s time was just short of the Games record which has stood since 2006, but it was still enough to pip Williams – a former world champion in the event – to the top of the podium.

Yanique Thompson – also of Jamaica – claimed bronze as host nation Australia missed out on a place on the podium altogether, with Michelle Jenneke and Brianna Beahan finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

England’s Tiffany Porter won silver in the event fours years ago, but had to settle for a sixth-placed finish this time around, with compatriot Alicia Barratt also failing to trouble the medals having failed to recover from a poor start on her way to an eighth-placed finish.

 The hurdles final had been due to feature Australia’s Sally Pearson – who had been the poster girl of the Games – but she was forced to withdraw due to injury.

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