All the latest news, action highlights and behind the scene gists about African athletes at the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 – from 19-27 August, 2023.
Zango completes world medal set with triple jump gold in Budapest
Burkina Faso’s Hugues Fabrice Zango earned his first global title tonight after a dramatically fluctuating men’s triple jump final that ended with two Cubans sharing the podium with him, separated by a single centimetre.
The 30-year-old France-based athlete, who already had an Olympic bronze and world silver and bronze, completed his collection with the best of all colours at the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 after taking an early lead, losing it, and regaining it with his penultimate effort of 17.64m.
Silver went to 25-year-old Lazaro Martinez on 17.41m, with his 24-year-old teammate Cristian Napoles earning bronze with a personal best of 17.40m.
Cheptegei joins all-time greats after winning third world 10,000m title in Budapest
Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei pulled clear up the home straight in the men’s 10,000m, crossing the line a clear winner in 27:51.42.
Kenya’s Daniel Ebenyo claimed a silver to match his Commonwealth runners-up prize of last year in 27:52.60.
Selemon Barega took bronze in 27:52.72, followed home by compatriot Aregawi, fourth in 27:55.71, and Kenyan Benard Kibet, fifth in 27:56.27. Canada’s Mo Ahmed came next in 27:56.43, a lifetime best.
Lyles upsets the 100m specialists with gold in Budapest
Noah Lyles won the first part of what he hopes and trusts will be a sprint double at these World Championships as he took the men’s 100m title in 9.83, the fastest time run this year, with Botswana’s 20-year-old Letsile Tebogo taking silver and Britain’s Zharnel Hughes taking bronze.
Tobi Amusan cleared to compete at Budapest 23
Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has confirmed that Nigerian 100m hurdles world record holder Tobi Amusan provisional suspension has been lifted after she was found not to have broken anti-doping rules over missed tests.
In a statement the AIU said: “A panel of the Disciplinary Tribunal, by majority decision, has today found that Nigeria’s and World 100m hurdles Champion Tobi Amusan has not committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) of three Whereabouts Failures within a 12-month period.
“AIU Head Brett Clothier has indicated the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) is disappointed by this decision and will review the reasoning in detail before deciding whether to exercise its right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within the applicable deadline.”
Tobi Amusan’s provisional suspension has now been lifted with immediate effect.
Reacting to the news on Instagram, Amusan said: “I’m thrilled to put this behind me and look forward to defending my title at next week’s World Championships.”
She crossed the line in 12.12 seconds to set the women’s 100m hurdles world record at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon in July 2022.
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