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Tobi Amusan bounces back, wins third consecutive Diamond League trophy



Following the disappointment of failing to defend her world title at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan bounced back in style to win the women’s 100 metres hurdles at the Diamond League in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

The World Record holder clinched the trophy on Sunday night in a time of 12.33 seconds to successfully clinch her third consecutive Diamond League title ahead of Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quin who came second in 12.38s, and Kendra Harrison of the US who nicked the bronze medal.

In achieving the feat, Amusan became only the second woman to win the 100m hurdles event in the Diamond League for three successive years, after US hurdler, Dawn Harper-Nelson, who won it in 2012, 2023 and 2014.

The Nigerian sensation won her first Diamond League trophy in 2021 in 12.42 seconds and defended the title last year after dipping 12.29 seconds in Zurich before Sunday’s crowning glory.

Amusan’s season has been mired by controversy, leading to the 2023 World Athletics Championships where she was provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unity (AIU) for allegedly “missing three tests in 12 months”.

Her participation in the world championships was in jeopardy until she was cleared of the charge three days before the competition. But she was not in her best element as she failed to defend her title with a sixth place finish in the final at the National Athletics Centre in Budapest.


Napoli social media executive resigns after Osimhen saga



The recent saga involving Nigerian and Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen has swept away the Italian club’s social media executive, Alessio Fortino, who resigned from his position.

Fortino’s resignation comes days after a controversial video shared on the club’s official TikTok platform where the player was mocked for missing a penalty in a Serie A match against Bologna went viral.

A first video posted on the account showed the 24-year-old Osimhen appealing for a penalty, with an audio captioned “Gimme penalty please,” before showing him blazing the spot-kick wide of the post, while a second video compared Osimhen to a “coconut head”, which many widely viewed as having a racial slur.

The denigrating videos caused outrage, with Osimhen’s fans urging him to leave the club, citing disrespect and possible racism. Nigeria’s Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh, waded into the matter and promised to intervene to protect the player and other Nigerian athletes in any part of the world.

Following the backlash from the saga, Fortino threw in the towel, and confirmed the news via a post on his personal Instagram account on Monday after offering an apology that the TikTok videos were “never intended to offend or make fun of Osimhen.”

“Today, after 805 days, my professional adventure with SSC Naples ends. For many, this job would be comparable to a dream,” the post reads.

“For me, it was a simple daily reality: a reality built on commitment and fueled by the constant desire to learn and play.

“I cannot help but express my deepest gratitude to all the colleagues, collaborators, partners and supporters I’ve met along this long journey for making this experience so special.

“Leaving the company with a baggage of great memories and an excitement for the new adventures that lie ahead,” Fortino said.

Though the Serie A champions have not made an official comment on Fortino’s resignation, Italian sports media believes the circumstances surrounding his stepping down are not far from the Osimhen saga.

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Kenya’s Sebastian Sawe wins inaugural men’s half marathon world title in record time



Kenya’s Sebastian Sawe has won the World Road Running Championships held in Berlin, Germany, on Sunday, in a record time of 59:10.

The Berlin Half Marathon was also a great event for Kenyan athletes as compatriots Daniel Simiu picked the silver with a close 59:14, while Vienna City Marathon champion, Samwel Mailu, secured the bronze, completing the race in 59:19, while another African athlete, Jemal Yimer Mekonnen of Ethiopia finished fourth in 59:22.

It was only the second time in 25 editions that the eastern African nation would sweep the men’s world half marathon, the last occurring in 1997 when Kenya’s Moses Tanui, Paul Yego and Charles Tangus went 1-2-3 on the podium.

Kenya, known for its prowess in long distance races, has claimed the team title for the 17th time, with a cumulative time for their top three of 2:57:43, well ahead of Ethiopia with 2:59:54.

Speaking at the end of the pulsating race that had a total of 97 runners, Sawe said he felt that despite the deficit he had to overcome, gold was always within reach.

“I always have confidence in the last kilometre. I knew the gold was always within reach.”

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