Five record-breaking feats of Golden Girl Tobi Amusan

Tobi Amusan

Tobi Amusan surged to victory in the women’s 100-meter hurdles early on Monday in Oregon, becoming the first Nigerian athlete to win a gold medal at a World Athletics Championship.

Amusan ran across the finish line at Hayward Field in 12.06 seconds after shattering the world record in an astounding semifinal with a time of 12.12 seconds.

worldwide competition
Amusan set a jaw-dropping world record in the semi-finals before winning the first World Championship gold medal ever awarded to Nigeria. She beat Keni Harrison of the United States’ previous record of 12.20 seconds from 2016.

Amusan, who placed fourth at the World Championships in Doha three years prior, became the second sprint hurdler from Nigeria to take home a medal at the competition after Glory Alozie, who took home a silver in Seville, Spain, in 1999.

Diamond League Nigerian Record
In September 2021, Amusan became the first Nigerian to win a Diamond League title when she broke Glory Alozie’s 23-year African record by setting a spectacular African Record and Personal Best of 12.42 seconds in Zurich.

Alozie broke the African record on August 8, 1998, in Monaco with a time of 12.44 seconds. Twenty days later, in Brussels, he repeated the feat. On August 28, 1999, in Seville, Spain, he ran the mark twice more at the World Championships.

Tobi Amusan of Team Nigeria reacts after setting a world record in the Women's 100m Hurdles Semi-Final on day ten of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 24, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon
Five record-breaking feats of Golden Girl Tobi Amusan

Diamond League record for Africa
When Tobi Amusan of Nigeria ran the 100m women’s hurdle in 12.41 seconds in June 2022, she broke the African mark.

At the Diamond League competition in Paris, France, Amusan beat her own record with her third-best season performance.

Amusan won the Paris Diamond League with a time (12.41secs – AR) that put her third in the world in 2022, just behind Alaysha Johnson and World Leader Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (12.37s) (12.40s).

championships in athletics in Africa
Amusan won the 100m hurdles event at the African Athletics Championships in Mauritius in June, becoming just the fifth woman to successfully defend her gold medal.

After Glory Alozie (1984 and 1985) and Maria Usifo (1984 and 2018), the 25-year-old won the championship for the first time at the competition’s 21st edition in 2018. She is now the third Nigerian to successfully defend the sprint hurdles title (1996, 1998, and 2000).

She is the fifth African woman to accomplish this.

Tokyo, Olympics
Amusan qualified for the 100-meter hurdles final at the Olympics in August 2021 by winning her first semi-final in 12.62 seconds, becoming the first Nigerian to do so since Glory Alozie in Sydney in 2000.

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