Golden Athlete: The Rise of Tobi Amusan

Golden Athlete: The Rise of Tobi Amusan

The name Tobi Amusan wasn’t a strange name to any Track & Field fan across the globe before 2022. She was without doubt, the biggest hurdling figure in the whole of Africa. However, she was tagged the “almost girl” after copping 4th places at the Doha 2019 World Championships and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Regardless, Amusan defended her women’s 100m hurdles at the African Championships in Mauritius and won another GOLD in the women’s 4x100m, running the anchor leg. She then broke the African Record (AR) she set in winning the 2021 Diamond League title by 0.01s, running 12.41s at the Paris Diamond League.

Amusan sailed over the barriers and then almost slowed to a jog across the finish to a time of 12.12s then bursted into screams of ecstasy and delight on confirming she had broken the WR in only the semifinal.

Only to go even faster with a marginally windy 12.06s in the final, becoming Nigeria’s first ever World Champion & World Record holder in Athletics, but it didn’t stop there.

A fortnight later, Amusan stormed to GOLD again to defend her Commonwealth Games title breaking the CR in the process with a time of 12.30s in Birmingham. It was without doubt that she was in the form of her life.

She capped off a brilliant year, running a Meet Record of 12.29s to defend her Diamond League title in Zurich.

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