World 100m hurdles and the Commonwealth Games champion and record holder, Tobiloba Amusan is the top ranked African athlete according to the World Athletics Ranking that was released on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old who made history as the first Nigerian to win a world outdoor title and the first to set a world record following her 12.12 seconds run in Oregon in July is still ranked the fifth best in the overall women’s ranking.
The Nigerian scored 1489 points behind the Jamaican duo of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who has 1534 points and Shericka Jackson of 1526 points. Venezuela’s triple jumper, Yulimar Rojas comes in third place with 1517 points while the American 400m champion, Sydney Mclaughlin taking the fourth place with 14.90 points.
Tobi as she is popularly known is however two places and 22 ranking scores above Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay who won gold in the 5000m and a silver medal in the 1500m at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.
The two-time World and Olympic 1500m champion, Faith Kipyegon from Kenya is placed third in Africa,
The Nigerian also retained her position as the top ranked high hurdler in the world ahead of reigning Olympic champion, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn from Puerto Rican and Jamaican, Britany Anderson.