On the rise of Tobi Amusan from Ijebu Ode to worldwide fame, Ebenezer Bajela and Peter Akinbo write.
During the Nigerian national anthem, Tobi Amusan burst into tears in Oregon, USA (Nigerian time).
She wasn’t third or second, but she was on the podium nonetheless. She was the top dog.
She had just won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 12.06 seconds, making her the first Nigerian woman to win the title.
Runner-up Britany Anderson (Jamaica, 12.23secs) of Jamaica took the silver medal, while Olympic gold medalist Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (Puerto Rico, 12.23secs) of Puerto Rico claimed bronze.
A remarkable 12.12 second time in the semi-finals, however, gave the world an indication that the 25-year-old was on her way to breaking Keni Harrison’s previous world record of 12.20 seconds, which she had held since 2016.
Amusan won the world championships at Hayward Field later that day in an even faster time (12.06secs), but the time did not count toward the records because of a strong tailwind.
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