Nigerian athlete, Tobi Amusan has made history on Sunday night becoming Nigeria’s first world champion at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.
Amusan who set a new record of 12.06 seconds, after winning gold at the women’s 100 meters hurdles finals has some interesting records in her athletics journey.
At the world level in her career, Amusan has proved herself to be a World Championship.
Amusan had got a world record in the semi-finals, above the previous best mark of 12.20secs held by Keni Harrison of the United States in 2016.
Finishing fourth three years ago at the World Championship in Doha, she also became the second Nigerian sprint hurdler to win a medal at the Championships after Glory Alozie who won a silver medal in Seville, Spain in 1999.
Another feat in her athletics journey is Nigerian Record for Diamond League
In September 2021, Amusan became the first Nigerian to bag a Diamond League trophy after setting a remarkable African Record and Personal Best of 12.42secs, Zurich, breaking Glory Alozie’s 23-year African record.
The difference made was that Alozie ran 12.44secs in Monaco on August 8, 1998 to set a new African record, running the time two other times in Brussels 20 days later and at the World Championships on August 28, 1999 in Seville, Spain.
Another notable history made by the talented athlete was from the African Record for Diamond League
In June 2022, Tobi Amusan broke the African record after clocking 12.41 seconds in the 100m women’s hurdle
She went ahead to broke her own record with her third-best run of the season at the Diamond League meet in Paris, France.
Amusan cruised to victory with a time (12.41secs – AR) that moved her up to third in the world in 2022, only behind World Leader Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (12.37s) and Alaysha Johnson (12.40s), during the Paris Diamond League.
She is also known to have been celebrated in African Athletics Championships
With so much zeal to continue being the best, she became only the fifth woman to successfully retain gold at the 100m hurdles event after claiming gold at the African Athletics Championships in Mauritius in June.
The 25-year-old won the title for the first time in 2018 at the 21st edition of the competition and is now the third Nigerian to successfully defend the sprint hurdles title after Maria Usifo (1984 and 1985) and Glory Alozie (1996, 1998, and 2000).
She is the fifth African to achieve this feat.
In August 2021, Amusan won her first semi-final in 12.62s to become the first Nigerian since Glory Alozie at Sydney 2000 to qualify for the 100m Hurdles final at the Olympics.
She broke Nigeria’s 21-year-old record.