- Tobi Amusan set new records in Women’s 100m Hurdles at the World Athletics Championships and at the Commonwealth Games
- A coach has told the media how the incredible talent was discovered, but a retiree has denied such claims
- Retired athletics coach Alaba Ogunde claimed she discovered Amusan in Ijebu Ode back in 2005
A retired athletics coach Alaba Ogunde has disclosed that she discovered Tobi Amusan, the world and Commonwealth Game’s record holder in the Women’s 100m Hurdles.
Amusan stunned the world when she set a new record at the 2022 World Athletics Championships with an incredile semi-final time of 12.12secs to erase Kendra Harrison’s 2016 effort by 0.08secs.
Barely a week later, the 25-year-old won gold again, this time at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, when she clocked a time of 12.30s to set a new Games record.
Reports have it that a coach claimed he discovered the athlete, but a former member of the Ogun State Sports Council Ogunde said she discovered Amusan in Ijebu Ode in 2005.
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The 68-year-old told The Punch:
“I saw several reports that Tobi was discovered by someone else, but I want to make it clear that I was the one who discovered her.
“In 2004 I was transferred to Ijebu Ode sports council from the headquarters in Abeokuta. I was mandated to cover all areas, including the rural and the urban areas, and I visit almost all the schools back then.
“In the course of moving around, I discovered so many talents and Tobi was one of them. I also discovered Omotola Kuku and the mentor of Tobi herself, Biola Onakoya, who was a 400m runner and so many others.
“No doubt, one person cannot train a child, but I was the one who noticed that Amusan had what it took to become a future champion.”
Sports Ministry rewards Tobi Amusan, others
Meanwhile, Sports Brief earlier reported that Nigeria’s Sports Ministry has rewarded all medal-winning athletes who flew the country’s flag high at the just concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
It was gathered that all medallists and their coaches were paid cash rewards from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for their heroics in Birmingham.
According to the Nigerian outlet, Vanguard, gold medallists were given $5,000 each, silver medallists received $3,000, while bronze medallists got $2,000.