As exclusively and authoritatively reported by Sportnow.com.ng, Nigeria’s reigning African, Commonwealth and World 100m hurdles champion, Tobi Amusan tops the list of 10 women shortlisted for the World Athlete of the Year 2022 award by World Athletics.
Amusan, who ran a historic 12.12s World record enroute her equally historic World 100m hurdles title win at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA in July is the first Nigerian athlete to be nominated for the biggest award in World Athletics calendar.
The 25 year old won in all the competitions she competed in this year, beginning with the successful title defence of her African Championships title in June in Mauritius.
She followed that up with another successful defence of her Nigerian Championships title in a record-breaking manner, running 12.54s to break Angela Atede’s 12.63s run in Lagos in 1997.
Amusan then headed for the Worlds in Oregon where she made history as the first Nigerian athlete to win a World outdoor title and set a world record.
She moved to the Alexander stadium in Birmingham, United Kingdom where she also successfully defended her 100m hurdles Commonwealth Games title in another historic manner.
She became the first Nigerian track and field athlete to successfully defend a Commonwealth Games title and she did that by setting a new 12.30s Games record.
The Nigerian ended her very storied and successful season by also successfully defending her equally historic Diamond League title in Zurich and will certainly end the year as the number one ranked high hurdler in the world.
The two-time African Games champion and record holder will battle nine others for the prestigious award and they include reigning World 100m champion, Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pyrce who also ran a world-leading 10.62s among her record seven sub-10.70s 100m races of the season.
Also in the mix is another Jamaican Shericka Jackson, the World and Diamond League 200m champion who ran a world-leading 21.45s to move to second on the world all-time list.
Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas, the World indoor, outdoor and Diamond League champion who improved her triple jump world record 15.74m at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade and Sydney McLaughlin, the American who broke the world 400m hurdles twice and won the world title in Oregon are also in contention.
Others are Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon, the second African in the mix who won the World and Diamond League titles and ran a world-leading Kenyan record of 3:50.37, just three tenths of a second off the world record as well as Yaroslava Mahuchikh of Ukraine, Kimberly Garcia of Peru, Chase Ealey of the USA and Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas.