Sprint hurdler Tobiloba Amusan has written her name in gold as one of the greatest athletes Nigeria has ever produced.
The 25 year old has achieved feats unprecedented and set records unmatched.
The biggest title outside of the Olympic gold, Tobi made history in Oregon, USA as the first and, so far, only Nigerian athlete to be crowned a world champion and caused the Nigerian flag to be hoisted and national anthem played to a global audience watching on television. The 25 year old ran a wind-aided 12.06 seconds to win the title.
Tobi made history as the first Nigerian track and field athlete to successfully defend a Commonwealth Games title after she ran 12.30 seconds over the 100m hurdles to win at the XXII Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Overall, the Nigerian has won three Commonwealth Games titles, the most by a Nigerian track and field athlete.
She won the 100m hurdles twice (2018 and 2022) and was a member of the 4x100m relay team that set a new 42.10 seconds African record to win Nigeria’s first women’s 4x100m relay gold in 28 years.
Diamond League Champion
Tobi made history last September when she won the 100m hurdles at the final of the Diamond League competition in Zurich, Switzerland. The win, which came after she narrowly missed a medal at the delayed Tokyo Olympics made her the first and, so far, only Nigerian athlete to win in the Diamond League era.
African Games Champion
Tobi made history as the first Nigerian sprint hurdler to successfully defend a 100m hurdles title at the Games. She won her first title in 2015 as a 15 year old and repeated as the winner four years later, 2019, in Rabat Morocco.
Tobi successfully defended her African Championships title in Mauritius. She first won it in 2018 in Asaba, Nigeria.
She ran a wind-aided 12.57 seconds to win the title. The time is the fastest time in all conditions ever recorded at the championships albeit it could not pass for a Championships record because of the illegal tail wind.
Tobi emerged the fastest collegiate athlete over the 100m hurdles in 2017. She ran 12.57 seconds to win the title in the final held at the Hayward Field, Eugene, Oregon on June 10, 2017
African Junior Champion
Tobi began her journey to stardom at the 12th African Junior Athletics Championships held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in March 2015. She ran 14.26 seconds to win the gold medal ahead of Lina Amr Gaber Ahmed of Egypt and Temidayo Osinbanjo also of Nigeria.
World Record (12.12s)
Tobi made history as the first Nigerian athlete, man or woman to set a world record and the 25 year old chose the biggest stage in athletics to do so, the world championships.
She ran an incredible 12.12 seconds in the first semifinal to achieve the feat. The time also made her the fastest Nigerian in the event at the Championships. She is also the Championships record holder.
African Record (12.12s)
Tobi first broke the 12.44 seconds African record at the Diamond League final in Zurich, Switzerland where she ran 12.42 seconds to make history as the first Nigerian to win a Diamond League discipline in the Diamond League era.
She has now broken the record thrice after that feat in Zurich. First was at the Meeting de Paris, a Diamond League meeting last June when she ran 12.41 seconds. She followed up with a 12.40 seconds run in the opening heat of the 100m hurdles at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA before smashing it further in the semis with an incredible 12.12 seconds performance. The time also serves as the world record.
Tobi was expected to break the 16 year old 12.65 seconds Games record and the Nigerian fulfilled expectations. A +2.4m/s tail wind first rendered her 12.40 seconds time illegal before she officially smashed the record to pieces with the 12.30 seconds she ran to successfully defend her title.
Tobi broke Glory Alozie’s 12.74 seconds Games record twice in Rabat, Morocco four years ago where she successfully defended her Africa Games record. First, she ran 12.69 seconds in her semifinal heat to break the record and ran a hundreth of a second faster in the final (12.68 seconds) to retain the ttile she first won four years earlier in Congo.
After a faulty electronic timer denied her the chance to break Angela Atede’s 12.63 seconds championships record in 2021, the reigning world 100m hurdles champion had no such problem in 2022 as she ran 12.54 seconds to set a new championships record.