Tobi Amusan: Record Breaking Athlete Arrives in Nigeria, Set to Meet President Muhammadu Buhari

Tobi Amusan: Record Breaking Athlete Arrives in Nigeria, Set to Meet President Muhammadu Buhari

  • Tobi Amusan and other members of Team Nigeria are billed to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on September 15
  • Nigeria embarked on a record-breaking performance at the Commonwealth Games
  • Tobi Amusan was spotted in Lagos as she arrived in the country after setting a new world record in the Women’s 100m Hurdles

Impressive Nigerian athlete Tobi Amusan who set a new world record in the Women’s 100m Hurdles, has touched down in Lagos.

Her homecoming was celebrated by a large crowd of sports fans and supporters as she was clad in a pair of green pants and a black sleeveless top.

She is Nigeria’s first-ever gold medalist at the World Athletics Championship after breaking the 100-meter hurdles world record in Oregon, United States, during the World Championships semifinals.

Tobi Amusan, Nigerian athlete, Team Nigeria
Tobi Amusan arrives in Nigeria after the World Record feat at the World Athletics Championships. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein
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She eventually won the gold, having emerged first in the final of the competition and then a touching moment came as she broke down in tears when the Nigerian national anthem was played, Kemi Filani reports.

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The 25-year-old also won the gold medal and also set a new Commonwealth Games record in August in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

She set a new Games record with a time of 12.30 seconds and successfully defended the title she had won on Australia’s Gold Coast four years earlier.

It was gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari will, on Thursday, September 15, host her and other athletes who did the nation proud at the Commonwealth Games.

Team Nigeria finished seventh in the overall medal standings and first in Africa with 35 medals, including 12 gold, 9 silver, and 14 bronze.

Ese Brume, Odunayo Adekuoroye, and Blessing Oborududu, among others, are anticipated to be a part of the delegation that the president will host.

Confusion over who discovered Tobi Amusan

Sports Brief earlier reported that 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 incredible semifinal time of 12.12secs to erase Kendra Harrison’s 2016 effort by 0.08secs.

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.