Tobi Amusan: Nigerian Journalist Speaks on World Record Holder’s Secret After African Games Triumph

Tobi Amusan: Nigerian Journalist Speaks on World Record Holder’s Secret After African Games Triumph

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
March 21, 2024 at 10:46 AM
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  • Tobi Amusan stormed to victory in the 100m hurdles at the African Games
  • She doubled her gold count by anchoring Nigeria to 4x100m relay triumph
  • Sports Brief seeks to find Amusan's winning formula in women's hurdles

Oluwatobiloba Ayomide Amusan, simply known as Tobi Amusan, achieved a remarkable feat by securing her third consecutive gold medal in the women's 100-meter hurdles at the 2023 African Games on Wednesday, March 20.

Despite facing the possibility of disqualification, the 26-year-old, celebrated for her world-record-breaking performances in hurdles, showcased remarkable resilience and determination on the track.

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Tobi easily navigated her way to gold in the women's 4x100m relay. Photo credit: @FotoNugget.
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Nicknamed "Tobi Express" for her lightning speed, Amusan encountered a false start that resulted in a yellow card, likely influenced by the enthusiastic cheers from the crowd at the University of Ghana Sports Stadium.

Nevertheless, she remained undeterred, powering through the race to secure gold with an impressive time of 12.89 seconds. This triumph adds to her previous victories at Rabat 2019 and Brazzaville 2015 Games, per The Cable.

Amusan breaks silence after gold rush

Reflecting on her achievement in a post-race interview with Citi Sports, Amusan attributed her success to divine intervention, acknowledging the challenges she had to overcome to compete at such a high level.

"It's been God. You know it was a hustle trying to get into the competition. I'm just happy to be here, defending my title once again.

She also expressed her appreciation for the chance to uphold her championship title, underscoring the honour of representing her family, herself, and her country.

What's Tobi Amusan's secret?

Amusan's consistency and triumphs in hurdling continue unabated, showcasing her enduring prowess despite achieving numerous milestones in the sport.

Delving into the roots of Tobi's success since her emergence at the 2013 African Youth Championships, Nigerian journalist Fisayo Dairo highlighted to Sports Brief that her relentless personal drive for excellence remains the cornerstone of her accomplishments.

"I think it is just personal hunger and motivation to keep winning. It is no doubt that she has innate abilities, and having honed the skill to the highest level, she just has to stay in that realm continually,"
Dairo, who is also a correspondent for Voice of America, added: "So, the drive to never want to lose in any adventure in life pushes her to the limits in all the competitions she finds herself in."

Amusan anchors Nigeria to gold in women's relay

Sports Brief also reported that Tobi Amusan's impact was pivotal as she propelled Team Nigeria to gold in the women's 4x100-meter relay.

Remarkably, Amusan showcased her extraordinary athleticism by anchoring the relay leg just an hour after securing her third successive African Games gold medal in the women's 100-meter hurdles.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.