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Tobi Amusan: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Nigeria’s Star Athlete

In the early hours of Monday, Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan set a World Record by winning the 100m hurdles in style at the World Championships.

After labouring all week with little evidence to show for their efforts, Team Nigeria completed their World Championships campaign in Oregon on a high note, capturing a gold and a silver medal on the last day of competition.

1. Amusan won a silver medal in the African Youth Championships in Warri in 2013.

2. She also won gold in the 100m hurdles at the African Junior Athletics Championships in Addis Ababa in 2015.

3. In 2015, as an 18-year-old, she won the gold medal in the 100m hurdles at the All-Africa Games.

4. In 2016, while a freshman at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), Amusan won the university’s second C-USA Female Track Athlete of the Year since its inception.

5. She won gold medals in the 100mH and the 200m. At the C-USA Championships, she also won silver in the long jump.

6. At the El Paso UTEP Invitational, Amusan broke the 13-second barrier in the hurdles with a time of 12.83 seconds. This broke Kim Turner’s 33-year-old UTEP record of 100 metres per second.

7. In her first outdoor competition of 2017, she set a new personal best and UTEP record in the 100m hurdles with a timing of 12.63 seconds.

8. She won the C-USA championship in her specialist event and finished second in the 200 metres.

9. Amusan won the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships, defeating Camacho-Quinn, who had won the previous year. She accomplished it in 12.57 seconds, a personal best.

10. In the absence of Sally Pearson at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, 2015 World Champion Danielle Williams appeared to be the favourite to win the title. However, in the final, Amusan pulled ahead of her opponents and won by a clear metre over Williams.

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