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Sports News of Thursday, 11 August 2022


'I want to inspire young athletes' - Amusan

Tobi Amusan Tobi Amusan

World 100m hurdles champion and record holder, Tobi Amusan wants her recent feats to be an inspiration to other young athletes.

The 25-year-old claimed two gold medals for Team Nigeria at the just-ended Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK.

The three-time African champion won the women's 100m hurdles event with a new world record time of 12.30s.

Amusan also helped Nigeria to win gold in the women's 4x100m hurdles event, together with Favor Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, and Grace Nwokocha to set a new games record of 42.10s.

The World Athletic Champion has expressed her readiness to represent her country anytime duty calls.

She added that she wants her recent successes to inspire young athletes to aim for higher heights.

"The Commonwealth Games is very massive and whenever it's time to represent my country, and I get the chance to attend I never hesitate to do that," she told the BBC.

"This gold means a lot and I hope it will inspire other young athletes to aim high, work hard and grow up to become champions one day."

She is the first and only Nigerian athlete to be crowned an African Champion, World Athletics Champion, and Commonwealth Champion.

Nigeria finished the recent edition of the Commonwealth Games as the best-performing African country.

Africa's most populous country finished in 7th place on the medal table with 35 medals.