Tobi Amusan Finally Breaks Silence Over Michael Johnson’s Critical Comments Over Her World Record

Tobi Amusan Finally Breaks Silence Over Michael Johnson’s Critical Comments Over Her World Record

Babajide Orevba
  • Tobi Amusan seems unimpressed with legendary sprinter Michael Johnson over his comments about her record
  • Amusan stunned the world by smashing the Women’s 100m hurdles record, but Johnson expressed doubts about the timing
  • According to the Nigerian sprinter, the retired American and other critics had wanted someone else to achieve such a feat

Incredible Nigerian athlete Tobi Amusan has finally reacted to Michael Johnson’s remarks, shortly after she broke the world record in the Women’s 100m hurdles at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon in the USA.

The 25-year-old stunned the world with her performance in the semi-final heat with a time of 12.12 seconds. She went on to record an even faster time in the final.

However, the mark of 12.06 seconds did not count for the record books because the wind speed was over the legal limit.

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Tobi Amusan is the Women's 100m hurdles world record holder. Photo: Sam Barnes.
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Amazed by the feat, legendary sprinter Michael Johnson expressed doubts over the timing of that semi-final race, Balls reports. He wrote:

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“I don’t believe 100h times are correct. World record broken by .08! 12 PBs set. 5 National records set. And Cindy Sember quote after her PB/NR “I thoroughly I was running slow!” All athletes looked shocked.”

The World Athletics has now ratified Tobi Amusan’s 12.12 seconds record in the Women's 100m hurdles event, making her the official record holder.

Amusan, in a chat with Beat FM, expressed disappointment at Johnson’s comments, saying ‘records are meant to be broken.’

She said:

“As much as I try not to answer this question, I’ll answer it this one time. At a point, I felt like you are an athlete. Things are meant to happen; records are meant to be broken. But the fact that he just had that much to say about me, says a lot about him."
“Because I’ve been on the circuit, he’s seen me run. I wouldn’t get mad at him because the person they expect to actually break the world record did not, so coming from a black girl from Nigeria just got them really worked up, but they've got to deal with it.”

Tobi Amusan narrates why she took a loan of $50,000

Sports Brief earlier reported that world record holder in the Women’s 100m hurdles, Tobi Amusan has disclosed that she had to take a loan of $50,000 loan to prepare for the 2022 World Athletics Championships.

The 25-year-old said this to newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday, September 22, as she returned home a week after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari.

Amusan disclosed that she is prone to injuries and had to take the loan to stay in shape ahead of the competition.