Tobi Amusan won the first gold medal in Nigeria’s history at the World Athletics Championships on July 24, 2022 in Eugene (Northwest USA). She won the 100m hurdles final with a time of 12.06 seconds (unsanctioned time), having already broken the world record in the semi-final with a time of 12’12”.
Tobi Amusan made Nigerians smile again on July 24, 2022 in Eugene (Northwest USA). A few days after the dismal 4th place of Nigerian footballers on AFCON 2022 and a few weeks later the forced package basketball players for the next world championship, the 25-year-old screamer has indeed won the first gold medal in his country’s history at the world championships in athletics.
Tobi Amusan won the final of the 100 meters hair in 12 seconds 06, a time not approved due to the too favorable wind. On the other hand, the multiple gold medalist (African Games 2015 and 2019, Commonwealth Games 2018, African Championships 2018) had broken the world record in the semi-finals in 12’12”.
The next generation with Ese Brume “I am so happy and grateful to my coach, she responded to the microphone from AXADLE. Come here [aux Etats-Unis, Ndlr] It has not been easy to run and win here so hard. But to come away with the gold and the world record is fantastic. I wasn’t necessarily expecting this record. The semi-final was so tough that I focused on my race and on qualifying for the final. But running that fast is really spectacular for me. And in the final that I don’t break the record again because of the wind, it doesn’t matter. Only the gold counted and I’m happy to have won!”
Tobi Amusan embodies the next generation of Nigerian athletics with Ese Brume, silver in the long jump in Eugene and already in bronze at the 2019 World Championships and 2021 Olympics. A welcome legacy for this country whose ex-superstar, Blessing Okagbare, was suspended for ten years for doping.
Interview by Olivier Pron,