Liberia’s Joseph Fahnbulleh says Africa is ready to challenge America’s dominance on the sprint circuit.

The 21-year-old was born in Minnesota in the United States but elected to race for the country his mother left because of political turmoil when she was 12.

South Africa’s Luxolo Adams will line up alongside Fahnbulleh in the 200m at August’s World Athletics Championships, while another South African, Akani Simbine, and Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala will be among those challenging for the 100m title.

“For a while, it’s been the the Americans. There’s a shift to the African side – I like that,” Fahnbulleh told the BBC World Service podcast The Warm Up Track.

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“We are taking it by storm, but slowly. We’re not overwhelming, but you see more and more [African athletes] every year. I feel good about it.”

For Fahnbulleh, a fifth-place finish in the 200m at the Tokyo Olympics was followed by fourth at the World Championships in Oregon last July, where Adams also lined up in the final.

Is a medal finish now on the cards at next month’s World Championships in the Hungarian capital Budapest?

“I’m not really putting that pressure on myself,” Fahnbulleh said. “I will just go out there and compete, whether I get first, second or third.

“Every round I’m aiming to win but yes, the next logical step is third.”

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