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Nigeria’s golden girl Tobi Amusan causes stir after world record win at World Athletics Championships

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(CNN)Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan has caused a stir after smashing a world record in the women’s 100-meter hurdles in the semifinals at the World Championships this Sunday.

Amusan came in with a record time of 12.12 seconds, beating Kendra Harrison’s 2016 record of 12.20 by 0.8 of a second.
She went on to bag gold in the final, though her initial finishing time of 12.06 was ruled out due to strong wind speeds.
Amusan of poses with her world record in the Women's 100m hurdles semi-final on day ten of the World Athletics Championships.
Amusan’s world record sent shockwaves through the athletics world.
“Wow” tweeted Jamaican track and field great Usain Bolt, while 200m champion and American record holder Noah Lyles tweeted: “12.12 are you kidding me?” Both congratulated her on Twitter.
In November 2016, the now-25 year old tweeted: “Unknown now but soon I will be unforgettable, I will persist until I succeed.”
“I could not believe it when I saw it on the screen after the semis. But it was just a matter of time,” Amusan told reporters Sunday.
Her win — Nigeria’s first gold at such an event — was met with joy, with congratulations pouring in from a state governor and a presidential candidate in the upcoming 2023 elections.
But some expressed skepticism at the race, which saw numerous competitors run their best times ever.
“I don’t believe 100h times are correct. World record broken by .08! 12 PBs set. 5 National records set,” four-time Olympic gold medalist and BBC commentator Michael Johnson wrote on Twitter, adding that Great Britain’s Cindy Sember commented that she had been running slow at the time of her personal best and national record.
The semi-finals saw numerous athletes set their best times.
“All athletes looked shocked,” the former 200 and 400 meter runner said.
“Heat 2 we were first shown winning time of 12.53. Few seconds later it shows 12.43. Rounding down by .01 is normal. .10 is not,” he said.
Johnson received swift and fierce backlash for his comments, and later returned to Twitter to clarify further, pointing out that he had predicted that Amusan would win.
“As a commentator my job is to comment. In questioning the times of 28 athletes (not 1 athlete) by wondering if the timing system malfunctioned, I was attacked, accused of racism, and of questioning the talent of an athlete I respect and predicted to win. Unacceptable. I move on,” he said.
CNN has reached out to World Athletics for comment.
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Paris Games: Reps back Team Nigeria with N100m

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday announced the donation of N100 million to Nigeria’s 2024 Olympics and Paralympics contingent to the forthcoming Games billed for Paris, France.

The Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, who presided over the plenary in the absence of the Speaker, Tajudden Abbas, disclosed this when the House hosted the Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh, who was in the Green Chamber to unveil Team Nigeria’s Olympics and Paralympics kits.

 

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Kalu disclosed that the N100m, which will come from the lawmakers’ earnings, was in honour of Ekene Adams, the lawmaker, who until his death on Tuesday, chaired the House Committee on Sports.

“The money is coming from our salaries,” Kalu, who spoke on behald of the Speaker, stated.

“In honour of our late colleague, Hon Ekene Abubakar Adams, and our commitment to supporting our Olympians, the House of Representatives and all its members will make a personal contribution towards the success of the Olympics and to support our Nigerian athletes. Your journey to Paris is not just a quest for medals but a mission to elevate the spirit of our nation. I call on all well-meaning Nigerians to emulate this gesture of the House and support our athletes.

“We are confident in your (athletes) abilities and are certain that the memories of this session will remain fresh in your minds, spurring you on to achieve record-breaking performances. Go to Paris with a clear mindset, dedication and determination to surpass our previous records. We believe in you and know you will make us proud.

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“As you embark on this significant journey, remember that you are ambassadors of Nigeria. Promote our national pride, values and ethos in all your endeavours at the Olympics. The House stands in solidarity with you, praying for your success and wishing you the very best,” Kalu added.

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Similarly, the Chairman, House Committee on Army, Balele Aminu, donated the sum of $2,000 to Team Nigeria.

Some of the Athletes, who spoke during the session, commended the lawmakers for their overwhelming support for the team and promised to make the country proud throughout the sporting event.

The Olympic Games hold from July 26 to August 11.

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De Laurentiis open to €100m, swap deal for Osimhen

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The protracted exit of Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen from Napoli may be over in the next 10 days as the Italian club hopes to complete the deal before the second phase of their pre-season training.

Napoli are prepared to part ways with the 25-year-old, who has a €130m release clause, which has been a clog in his transfer since the start of the summer window.

 

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According to reports in Italy, PSG don’t want to spend more than €100m for Osimhen, just as Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is open to discussing €100m plus a player swap with the French giants, being the only club to have submitted an offer for the striker.

PSG rejected a €200m offer for Osimhen and Georgia international Khvicha Kvaratskhelia a few days ago, but the Ligue 1 giants are ready to reignite the pursuit of the Nigerian.

According to Il Corriere dello Sport, the Partenopei hope to reach an agreement with the Ligue 1 side within the next ten days.

Gazzetta and Corriere dello Sport also report that PSG may offer €100m soon, but the proposal may include one of their players as well.

On Monday night, Sky Sport Italia also reported that PSG were willing to let Napoli choose between three of their footballers for a player-plus-cash swap deal.

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Corriere dello Sport insists that De Laurentiis expects to sell Osimhen for close to €130m, but is still open to discussing potential swap deals.

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It remains to be seen if Osimhen will fancy a return to France, as he is reportedly interested in joining a Premier League club. Napoli had also expected offers from English clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea, but that has not happened.

The former Italian champions are prepared to sell Osimhen and replace him with Romelu Lukaku, so they hope to reach an agreement within the next ten days, before the second part of the pre-season at Castel Di Sangro.

Meanwhile, Osimhen had resumed pre-season training with Napoli, and new coach Antonio Conte was left impressed by his attitude despite not having him in his plans for next season.

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I’ll give my life to Madrid’s success, says Mbappe at unveiling

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I’ll give my life to Madrid’s success, says Mbappe at unveiling

French superstar, Kylian Mbappe, was officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player on Tuesday, telling 80,000 fans “my dream has come true.”

The striker, who had completed his medical earlier on Tuesday morning, signed a five-year contract and was handed a No. 9 shirt by club president, Florentino Perez.

 

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“Wow,” Mbappe said in Spanish to roars from a packed Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

“For years, I’ve dreamed of playing for Real Madrid and today, my dream has come true,” said the 25-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain player.

“I’m a happy boy. I’m going to give my life for this club,” said Mbappe.

Accompanied by his parents watching from the crowd and with a former French hero of the club, Zinedine Zidane, in attendance, Mbappe was emotional as the crowd chanted his name, and at one point kissed the jersey of the reigning Spanish and European champions.

Mbappe is “an exceptional player who comes to help us continue winning, a player who today fulfils the dream of his life,” said Perez. “Welcome to your home.”

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Although his new teammates began training on Monday, the forward, who captained France during their unsuccessful Euros campaign, will have a few more days off before kicking off his season in the Spanish capital.

The unveiling of Real’s latest Galactico allowed its fans to continue celebrating following Spain’s Euro 2024 triumph on Sunday.

The crowd was expected to be bigger than that 15 years ago when Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled.

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The free tickets were snapped up rapidly with some fans reportedly trying to resell them to take advantage of the hype surrounding the arrival of arguably the world’s best striker.

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At Real, Mbappe will form part of an offensive trio alongside England midfielder Jude Bellingham and Brazil attacker Vinicius Junior under the watch of veteran Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti.

That prospect is already exciting fans of the club who won their 15th Champions League title in June.

Los Blancos begin the defence of their La Liga crown with a match against Real Mallorca on the weekend of August 17-18.

Mbappe’s debut might have to wait until the following week when Real Madrid face Real Valladolid who were recently promoted from the second division.

Number 9 Mbappe shirts went on sale last Thursday in Real’s club shops which are covered with his image.

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Mbappe arrives after a personally disappointing Euros campaign, where he was overshadowed by Spain’s new teenage sensation Lamine Yamal of Madrid’s rivals Barcelona and France lost to Spanish in the semi-finals.

That followed a difficult season with PSG following his decision not to renew his contract, with the striker — who was the Paris club’s all-time top scorer — admitting he felt “liberated, relieved” by his transfer to Real.

The club is hoping to offset the costs — a salary of at least 15 million euros ($16.3 million) per season and a signing bonus of more than 100 million euros — through sponsorship deals and ticket and merchandise sales.

Mbappe is hoping the move will finally see him win a Champions League and the Ballon d’Or, two of his lifelong objectives.

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