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Soccer News of Monday, 25 July 2022


Oregon 2022: How Tobi Amusan predicted her victory at the world athletics championship back in 2016

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The victory of Tobi Amusan in the women's 100m hurdles final on Sunday, July 24 has come at a time when the country was in dire need of some refreshing news.

Following the harrowing video of bandits flogging and humiliating abducted passengers of the Kaduna-Abuja train, her victory in Oregon has distracted Nigerians from the experience of a failed state.

Amusan is a track and field athlete who specializes in the 100 meters hurdles and also competes as a sprinter. Aside from the success at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon where she won gold, she also had a new world record of 12.12 seconds in the semifinal, then a wind-assisted 12.06 in the final.

Her success stories include winning the 2018 Commonwealth and 2018 African championships, where she is a two-time champion. She also won the Diamond League Trophy in Zurich in 2021 in the 100m hurdles.

While her motivation can be tied to her drive to succeed, a 2016 tweet from the reigning world champion reinforces that argument.

"Unknown now, but I will be UNFORGETTABLE...I will Persist until I SUCCEED," she tweeted after she first broke the 13-second barrier in the hurdles with a time of 12.83-seconds at the El Paso UTEP Invitational.

That sprint victory eclipsed Kim Turner's 100 mH UTEP record which had stood for 33 years. She went on to break records including the 2016 World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz. Her success led her to represent Nigeria at the Rio Olympic Games, reaching the semifinals of the 100 mH.

Meanwhile, congratulatory messages have poured out from well-meaning Nigerians over her latest achievement. Toping the dignitaries who have hailed her success are Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, and Ebuka Obi Uchendu, Big Brother Naija host.

Reacting, Obi, in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Monday, wrote: “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.”

Similarly, Tinubu tweeted, “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.”

On his part, Ebuka 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.