The most populous black nation erupted in joy as 25-year-old athlete Tobi Amusan won gold in the 100m huddle at the World Athletics Championship holding in Oregon, United States of America.
Hurdler Tobi Amusan surged to victory in the women’s 100m hurdles in Oregon on Sunday, becoming the first Nigerian athlete to win a gold medal at a World Athletics Championship.
Amusan crossed 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.
In this article, we present world-record-setting achievements by the 25-year-old World Champion, taking you through a timeline of events that led to her moment of glory in the world’s arena of champions.
A Brief Biography Of Tobi Amusan
Tobi Amusan is a track and field athlete from Nigeria who specializes in the 100-meter hurdles and also competes as a sprinter. She was born on April 23, 1997. In 2026, Amusan became the second student-athlete to be named C-USA Female Track Athlete of the Year in 2016 as a freshman for The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
Amusan had great athletic potential as a young girl. She won a silver medal at the 2013 African Youth Championships in Warri, Delta State. She also won gold in the 100-meter hurdles event at the Addis Abeba 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships. She won the gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles in 2015, when she was 18 years old and competing in her first All-Africa Games.
Amusan set a new world record of 12.12 seconds in the semifinal and a 12.06 seconds in the final to win the 100-meter hurdles event at the 2022 World Athletics Championships.
She won the competition two times at the African Games and was the African and Commonwealth champion in 2018. She won the Diamond League medal in the 100-meter hurdles in Zurich in 2021.
Five Record-Breaking Feats Of Tobi Amusan
1. World Championship
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.
2. Nigerian Diamond League 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.
3. African Record for Diamond League
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).
4. African Athletics Championships
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.
5. 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.
She surpassed Nigeria’s previous record, which had stood for 21 years.
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 great feat.
World Athletic Championships in 2022
After two consecutive 4th-place results, Amusan entered the 2022 World Championships as a medal contender. She beat her previous record in the heats by 0.01s, running a new personal best of 12.40s. She established a new world record of 12.12s during the semifinal. She improved upon her time once again in the final, clocking a 12.06-second time (wind assistance, therefore not a world record), becoming the first Nigerian to win a global championship.
Following her golden performance, President Muhammadu Buhari and 2023 presidential candidates of different parties have praised her.
Below are their congratulatory messages as tweeted on their verified tweeter handles:
Mr Peter Obi (Labour Party): “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.”
Bola Ahmed Tinubu (APC): “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.”
Atiku Abubakar (PDP): “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.”