Tobi Amusan, the former World 100m hurdles champion, and Ezekiel Nathaniel, a 400m hurdler, have secured their spots at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, France.
Amusan secured her place by achieving an impressive 12.52-second time in the 100m hurdles race at the BAUHAUS-Galan Diamond League event in Stockholm, Sweden. This made her the first Nigerian athlete to qualify. The entry standard for the 100m hurdles was set at 12.77 seconds.
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Ezekiel Nathaniel, the 400m hurdles record holder for Nigeria, earned his first-ever Olympics ticket by competing at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where he clocked a time of 48.47 seconds, surpassing the entry standard of 48.70 seconds.On the other hand, long jumper Ese Brume narrowly missed securing her spot for the Paris Olympics at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, falling short by just two centimeters with a jump of 6.84 meters, placing her fourth in the final.
However, she still has an opportunity to meet the required 6.86m mark to qualify for the global event. Her next chance will be at the Diamond League final in Oregon, USA, scheduled to take place between September 16-17. Brume has previously participated in two Olympic Games, finishing fifth in her debut in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and earning a third-place finish five years later in Tokyo, Japan.
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