World Athletics Championships: Tobi Amusan wins heat, advances to final

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan is through to the final of the women’s 100m hurdles at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

The 26-year-old survived a late start to win Heat 2 with a time of 12.56s. Jamaica’s Ackera Nuggent came second with a time of 12.60s , while Canada’s Naddine Visser was third with a time of 12.62s.

Former world record holder Kendra Harrison won the first semi-final race in 12.33s. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn took Heat 3 in 12.41s, ahead of Nia Ali in 12.49s.

Amusan will compete in the final of the event on Sunday night. The Nigerian is the current record holder and defending champion in the event.

In other news….

British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua has said he wants to go into retirement while still in a vibrant and healthy state. He noted that his goal is to make sure he is not nursing his boxing wounds well into old age.

The Two-time heavyweight champion, in a recent interview with Men’s Health, added that he is going to judge a part of his legacy with his health.

“In boxing, people walk in the gym one way and not many walk out the same way, because of the trauma and the stuff they put their body through. I want my legacy to be, I walked out healthy.

“Imagine me at the age of 50 or 60 in a wheelchair and fragile because of the trauma I put my body through. My legacy should be when I’m old, I’m still fresh. I want people to say, ‘Oh wow, he still looks good, he still looks after himself.’ That’s a legacy,” he said.

The 33-year-old defeated Jermaine Franklin last month, after losing twice in a row to heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine.

His promoter, Eddie Hearn had said that there are talks for possible showdown with former WBC champion Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury in December in the Middle East.

Joshua confirmed this, saying; “In December potentially there is a big fight that should be cracking with me and Wilder.

“It has been a long time coming. There are a lot of moving shapes at the minute, a lot of things happening, so one step at a time. But it has been a long time coming, for sure.”