Nigerian Tobi Amusan has stormed to victory in the 100 metres hurdles final at the World Championships held in Eugene, United States, becoming the first athlete from her country to win gold at such an event.
The 25-year-old’s 12.06-second performance on Sunday was initially announced as a world record but was later ruled ineligible as the wind speed exceeded the legal limit.
Amusan had broken the world record earlier in the day by clocking 12.12 seconds in the semi-final at Hayward Field.
In the final, she recovered from a slightly slower start to put on a pristine performance over the barriers, 0.17 seconds clear of silver medallist Britany Anderson of Jamaica.
All You Need To Know About Tobi Amusan, Winner Of World Athletics Championships
Below Is All You Need To Know About Tobi Amusan;
Oluwatobiloba Ayomide “Tobi” Amusan (born 23 April 1997) is a Nigerian track and field athlete who specialises in the 100 metres hurdles and also competes as a sprinter.
She won the 2022 World Athletics Championships in the 100 metres hurdles, setting a new world record of 12.12 seconds in the semifinal, then a 12.06 in the final.
She was the 2018 Commonwealth and 2018 African champion and is also a two-time African Games champion in the event. She won the Diamond League Trophy in Zurich in 2021 in the 100m hurdles.
Early Life & Education
Oluwatobiloba Amusan was born on the 23rd of April, 1997, in Ijebu Ode, situated in Ogun State, Nigeria. She is a famous Nigerian athlete. After she completed her secondary school education, she started her early life as an athlete.
In 2016, as a freshman for The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), Amusan became the second athlete for the university to be named C-USA Female Track athlete of the Year since UTEP joined C-USA. She was the gold medallist in both the 100 mH and the 200 m.
She also claimed a silver in the long jump at the C-USA Championships. Amusan first broke the 13 s barrier in the hurdles with a time of 12.83 s at the El Paso UTEP Invitational. This eclipsed Kim Turner’s 100 mH UTEP record which had stood for 33 years. She was runner-up at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 100 mH.
She ran a windy 12.79 s behind Kentucky’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn. Amusan also competed at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz. Despite running her second fastest time ever, she placed fifth in the final. She went on to represent Nigeria at the Rio Olympic Games, reaching the semifinals of the 100 mH.
In her first outdoor race of 2017, she ran a then lifetime best and UTEP record of 12.63 s in the 100 metres hurdles. She was the C-USA champion in her specialist event and also the runner-up in the 200 metres.
At the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships, there was a reversal of finishes in the 100 metres hurdles. In a dramatic race, Amusan claimed the title ahead of Camacho-Quinn who was the champion the previous year.
She did this in a personal record time of 12.57 s. She also represented Nigeria at the World Championships in London later in the year.
She ran a personal best of 7.89 s in the 60 metres hurdles at the start of her 2018 season. She went on to represent her country at the Birmingham World Indoor Championships reaching the final of the 60 metres hurdles.
At the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, 2015 World Champion, Danielle Williams seemed to be the favourite to take the title in the absence of Sally Pearson.
In the final, however, Amusan moved ahead of her competitors and won the race by a clear metre ahead of Williams. She also won a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 m relay with her teammates, Joy Udo-Gabriel, Blessing Okagbare and Rosemary Chukwuma.
Later in the year, she won her first African Championships title in her specialist event at the Asaba African Championships. This fulfilled a Nigerian tradition as Judy Bell-Gam had won this race for Nigeria at the first African Championships. She also claimed a gold medal in the 4 x 100 m relay at the championships.
On October 5, 2019, at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, she ran a personal best of 12.48 s during the 100 metres hurdles qualifying rounds. In the semi-finals the following day, she equalled this personal best before placing 4th a few hours later in the final with 12.49 s.
Amusan finished fourth in the Tokyo Olympics with a time of 12.60s. She later competed in the Zurich Diamond League event, which she won in 12.42s, becoming the first Nigerian to win a Diamond League trophy.
Amusan opened her 2022 season by winning the 2022 Diamond League event in Paris, were she set an African record by 0.01s with a time of 12.41s.
She won gold in the 100m hurdles at the 2022 African Championships in Mauritius, defending her title successfully with a time of 12.57s ( wind-aided). She also competed in the women’s 4×100m and won gold.
Later in 2022, she competed in a Diamond League meet, finishing second with a time of 12.60s, behind Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn.
2022 World Championships
Amusan entered the 2022 World Championships as a medal contender after back-to-back 4th place finishes. In the heats she ran a new personal best of 12.40s, bettering her old record by 0.01s.
In the semifinal, she set a new world record of 12.12s. She bested her time once again in the final, running 12.06s (wind assisted, so not recognized as a world record), becoming the first Nigerian to win a world title.
|African Championships||Port Louis, Mauritius||1st||100 m hurdles|
|2021||Olympic Games||Tokyo, Japan||4th||100 m hurdles|
|2021||Olympic Games||Tokyo, Japan||12th (h)||4 × 100 m relay|
|2019||African Games||Rabat, Morocco||1st||100 m hurdles|
|2019||World Championships||Doha, Qatar||4th||100 m hurdles|
|2018||World Indoor Championships||Birmingham, United Kingdom||7th||60 m hurdles|
|2018||Commonwealth Games||Gold Coast, Australia||1st||100 m hurdles|
|2018||Commonwealth Games||Gold Coast, Australia||3rd||4 × 100 m relay|
|2018||African Championships||Asaba, Nigeria||1st||100 m hurdles|
|2018||African Championships||Asaba, Nigeria||1st||4 × 100 m relay|
|2018||Continental Cup||Ostrava, Czech Republic||5th||100 m hurdles|
|2018||Continental Cup||Ostrava, Czech Republic||—||4 × 100 m relay|
|2017||World Championships||London, United Kingdom||14th (sf)||100 m hurdles|
|2016||World U20 Championships||Bydgoszcz, Poland||5th||100 m hurdles|
|2016||Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||11th (sf)||100 m hurdles|
|2015||African Junior Championships||Addis Ababa||1st||100 m hurdles|
|2015||African Games||Brazzaville, Republic of Congo||1st||100 m hurdles|
|2014||World Junior Championships||Eugene, United States||—||100 m hurdles|
|2014||African Youth Games||Gaborone, Botswana||2nd||100 m hurdles|
|2013||African Youth Championships||Warri, Nigeria||2nd||100 m hurdles|
|2013||African Youth Championships||Warri, Nigeria||3rd||Long jump|
- 100 metres: 11.31 (2018)
- 150 metres: 18.68 (2014)
- 200 metres: 22.92 (2017)
- 300 metres: 40.90 (2014)
- 400 metres: 60.48 (2017)
- 100 metres hurdles: 12.12 (2022)
- Long jump: 6.07 m (2016)
- 4 × 100 metres relay: 42.75 (2018)
- 4 × 400 metres relay: 3:41.68 (2017)
- 60 metres: 7.41 (2019)
- 200 metres: 23.35 (2017)
- 60 metres hurdles: 7.89 (2018)
- Long jump: 6.15 m (2017)
- NCAA Division I Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships
- 100 m hurdles: 2017
Tobi Amusan is one of the richest and most renowned Athletics in Nigeria. Many online sources have claimed that her net worth is estimated to be $1.5 million.
Tobi Amusan is still in her prime, looking forward to setting records and winning more medals for Nigeria. We wish her success in all her endeavours.
BY IYABO AINA
Publisher Of News Rain Nigeria