Tobi Amusan’s world record-breaking sprint at the just finished World Athletics Championships in Oregon, America, which saw her win Nigeria’s first-ever World Championship gold, has received plaudits from fans.
The Nigerian hurdler entered the contest with a personal best and African record time of 12.41 seconds that she had set in June.
This accomplishment was surpassed on Saturday when she set a new heat record at a world championship with a time of 12.40 seconds. With times of 12.12 seconds in the semifinal and 12.06 seconds in the championship, she subsequently smashed both the African and world records twice more. Keni Harrison of the United States had previously set the previous mark of 12.20 seconds in 2016.
The former student of the University of Texas at El Paso, who finished fourth in Tokyo last year, has now broken the African record five times in the past 10 months (12.42secs in Zurich, 12.41secs in Paris, 12.40secs, 12.12, and 12.06secs in Eugene).
Nigerians have praised the 25-year-remarkable old’s run on social media since she accomplished this.
The 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, praised the feat, “I sincerely congratulate Tobi Amusan on winning the 100M hurdles gold medal and setting a world record. Her tears at the ceremony podium while the Nigerian anthem played, connects that our dear country needs leaders to match the talents and ambitions of her youths.-PO”
Popular TV personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu wrote, “Tobi Amusan. First-ever Nigerian athlete in history to set a world record in any event. 12.12 seconds in the 100m Hurdles!!! Unreal.”
PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar wrote: “All hail Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan, the record-breaking women’s 100m hurdles champion. I am particularly proud of this feat, and it underscores my plan to refocus investments in sports and creative sectors, amongst others. #WorldAthleticsChamps –AA”
Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress said: “Congratulations to our new Track & Field superstar Tobi Amusan on becoming the new World Champion in the women’s 100m hurdles; smashing the world record not once, but twice in the process.”