Incredible Nigerian Athlete Tobi Amusan Makes World Athlete Award Final List

Incredible Nigerian Athlete Tobi Amusan Makes World Athlete Award Final List

  • Tobi Amusan has had a blistering year, winning gold at the World Athletics Championships and the Commonwealth Games
  • The Nigerian athlete stunned the world in the women's 100m hurdles event, when she ran 12.12 seconds in Eugene, Oregon
  • Amusan has now been named among the finalists nominated for the prestigious Women's 2022 World Athlete Award

Following her record-breaking feat during the course of the year, incredible Nigerian athlete Tobi Amusan has made the Women's 2022 World Athlete Award final list.

During the World Athletics Championships, the 25-year-old shocked the globe by setting a new world record in the women's 100m hurdles.

The Commonwealth gold medalist has been named among the five finalists for the prestigious international award, according to a statement released by World Athletics on Monday.

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Tobi Amusan has been named among the finalists for the Women's World Athlete Award. Photo: Craig Mercer.
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Amusan and four others were confirmed for the prestigious prize, ahead of the 2022 World Athletics Awards.

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According to World Athletics, a record 1.3 million votes were registered by emails and online voting, via the World Athletics social media platforms.

A three-way voting process to determine the finalists for the 2022 women's award was concluded on October 31, and the winner will be announced on World Athletics’ social media platforms in early December.

Amusan reacted as per Punch:

“I’m short of words. Through the grace of God, I have achieved so many 'first by a Nigerian' and this is yet another one. I’m so honoured to be selected as a World Athlete of the Year nominee and the first Nigerian ever to reach this height.

Amusan also commented on twice being named Nigerian Athlete of the Year by Athletic Heat, while also expressing her desire to win the World Athletics award following her first international nomination.

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It is believed the World Athletics Council members also had a chance to cast their votes by email.

How Amusan took $50,000 loan

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

She said this to newsmen in Lagos on September 22, as she returned home a week after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari.

The World Athletics ratified her 12.12 seconds finish at the world championship semi-final as the new world record.