2022 World Athletics: Nigeria’s Amusan wins gold in the Women’s 100 metres hurdles

*Buhari, Okowa, Obaseki, Sunday Dare, Gov Yahaya Bello hail Amusan

 Tobi Amusan has won gold in the Women’s 100 metres hurdles at the ongoing World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA.

Nigeria on Sunday left her best for the last day of the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, U. S. by winning a gold and a silver medal.

The feat by the 25-year-old meant that she made history as the first Nigerian to win a world title and an unprecedented world record in one day.

Amusan first ran a blistering 12:12 seconds to shatter the world record of 12:20 seconds set by Kendra Harrison of U. S. in the semi-finals.

She then followed up with a (+2.5) wind assisted 12.06s in the final.

It was a race of contrasting emotions as former champion was disqualified as her race came to an humiliating end, while Jamaica’s Brittany Anderson (12.23 secs) and Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho Quinn (12.23) settled for the silver and bronze respectively.

But as brilliant as their effort was, they all played second fiddle to Amusan who ran on lane four and  became the first Nigerian to win a world title and an unprecedented world record in one evening.

The time in the final would however not be recognised as it was deemed to be well over the legal +2.0 wind assist allowed in Athletics

The latest feat served as a big consolation for Amusan after a disappointing Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where she narrowly lost the bronze medal to Jamaica’s Megan Tapper, when she placed fourth.

The record breaking feat also enriched Amusan’s purse with 100,000 dollars (N165 million) as bonus from the organisers.

NAN reports tat Amusan was the 2018 Commonwealth and 2018 African champion in the event.

She is also a two-time African Games champion.

She won the Diamond League Trophy in Zurich in 2021 in the 100m hurdles.

In 2022, during Paris Diamond League, Amusan broke a record and became third in the world.

Team Nigeria would go on to celebrate another podium finish in the Long Jump, with Ese Brume’s extraordinary effort.

The Commonwealth and Africa record holder, long jumper Brume leapt over 7.02m to clinch silver medal, behind rival Malika Mihambo of Germany who jumped a record 7.12m for the gold medal.

Brazil’s Oro Melo settled for Bronze with 6.89m jump.

NAN also reports that Brume won a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

BUHARI CELEBRATES

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed heartfelt congratulations to Tobi Amusan for winning the women’s 100m hurdles gold for Nigeria at the World Athletics Championship 2022.

According to the president, Amusan has set a new world record in the semifinals of the athletic event and becoming the first Nigerian to win a World Championship.

In a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Monday in Abuja the president joined millions of Nigerians in celebrating this outstanding feat by a compatriot and two-time African Games champion, ”who in one night stunned the athletics world with her superlative and stellar performance”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the feat by the 25-year-old meant that she made history as the first Nigerian to win a world title and an unprecedented world record in one day.

The president thanked the track superstar for making ”the Nigerian national anthem resonate again from the international podium, leaving the nation with the excitement and unforgettable memories of tears of joy and triumph; hope and victory; incredulity and belief”.

According to him, the legendary career and achievements of the golden girl will continue to inspire the upcoming generations of Nigerian athletes to achieve spectacular success.

He also commended Ese Brume for representing Nigeria with honour and pride, winning silver medal in the Women’s long jump event.

The president lauded Team Nigeria for ”displaying courage, integrity and good sportsmanship at the world stage, proving that with hard work and determination, success is achievable”

NEW DAWN FOR NIGERIAN ATHLETICS – MINISTER

The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Monday described the feat achieved by Nigerian sprinters at Eugene, Oregon, as a dawn of new era for Nigerian athletics.

Dare, in a statement in Lagos on Monday, commended the feat of the duo of Nigerian sprinters, Tobi Amusan and Ese Bruno at the World Athletics Championships.

Dare said he was delighted about the winning and feat achieved by the Nigerian sprinters.

“I am so proud of what Tobi Amusan, Ese Brume and even those who didn’t get on the podium have achieved in Eugene, Oregon.

 “This is the beginning of great things for Nigerian athletics. This is a new dawn.

 “Years of hard work and consistently knocking on the door has yielded the right dividends. For the first time in our history we have a World Champion. This is huge. Congratulations to Nigeria,” he said.

The Minister also highlighted a few other positive results for Team Nigeria even though they did not end in podium finishes.

 “For me, these medals are not the only positives from the World Championships. The 4×100m relay teams(men and women)showed a lot of promise for the future.

“The women barely got here as the 16th best team in the world but they got so close to getting on the podium, the men also gave it their best shot and showed they have a bright future.

“Our athletes in the short sprints also showed character. Some of them are competing on a high level stage like this.

“For the first time, we are rubbing shoulders with very experienced and tournament tested veterans and legends and not falling too far behind in extremely tough situations,” Dare said.

He added: “They can beat their chests and be proud of what they have achieved. We now have the responsibility to continue to support them by creating the right environment for their growth.

 “With the World Championships now over, focus would shift to the Commonwealth Games, starting later this week in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

“We have gained a great momentum going into the Commonwealth Games now, this will definitely inspire Team Nigeria to making a huge impact in Birmingham,” Dare said.

Nigeria’s Brume closely followed Amusan’s feat at the same World Athletics Championships, winning a silver medal in the women’s long jump with a leap of 7.02m.

OKOWA CONGRATULATES

Gov. Ifeanyi Olowa of Delta has congratulated Nigerian athletes, Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume for winning gold and silver medals at the just concluded 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Monday in Asaba, said he was elated to receive the news of the sterling performances of the duo at the event.

He noted that Amusan became first Nigerian ever to win gold at the championships after racing to a stunning world record time of 12.06s in the 100m hurdles final.

Okowa, Vice-Presidential Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), added that Brume’s 7.02m silver winning jump was an improvement on the bronze medal she won at the last championship.

Okowa said that such winning spirit was needed by Nigerians all over the world to turn things around for the country, adding that the government and people of Delta were proud of Amusan and Brume for their gallantry.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume on their victories at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

“I was highly delighted when I received the news of Amusan winning gold medal in the 100m hurdles and Ese Brume’s silver medal in the women’s long jump.

“By winning the 100m hurdles with a world record of 12.06s, Amusan made history, becoming the first Nigerian to ever win a gold medal at the World Athletics Championships.

“Also worthy of commendation is Ese Brume’s leap of 7.02m, an improvement from the 6.91m at the last championship.

“While I commend these great compatriots for making our country proud, I urge every Nigerian to imbibe this winning mentality, winning spirit and attitude in every facet of our livelihood to make Nigeria attain the greatness God has programmed it for, given its endowments.

“It is only such conquering mentality and patriotic heroism that can engender the much-needed change that Nigerians are yearning for.

“Once more, congratulations to Team Nigeria and all participating athletes for this great honour,” Okowa said.

YOU HAVE MADE OUR NATION PROUD – GOV. BELLO

Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has congratulated Tobi Amusan for winning the Women’s 100m hurdle gold for Nigeria at the World Athletics Championship 2022, setting a new World Record.

Bello’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Onogwu Muhammed on Monday.

The governor, who noted that Amusan had made the nation proud, said her excellent display had united the nation, bringing joy and excitement, with the country’s national anthem brought to the limelight on an international podium.

“Amusan’s triumph will be an unforgettable memory and her tears of joy, represented hope, belief and faith in oneself and one’s nation despite facing daunting challenges both individually and as a nation.

“There is also need to further encourage the nation’s sporting heroes, across all levels who not only adorn our colours at every competitive stage but also go through several hurdles, rigorous training and challenges to ensure that the nation’s flag is raised in pride and honour.

“Tobi Amusan stands tall as a motivation to many young Nigerians, to believe in themselves, pursue their God-given purpose, work hard, render their good service to their nation and have their names written in gold,” Bello said.

OBASEKI HAILS AMUSAN

Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, has congratulated Nigerian sprinter, Tobi Amusan, for winning the women’s 100m hurdles gold for Nigeria at the World Athletics Championship 2022.

Amusan set a new world record in the semifinals of the athletic event,  becoming the first Nigerian to win a gold medal at the World Championship.

Obaseki, in a statement, hailed Amusan for the stunning, rousing and inspirational performance at the global tournament and for showcasing the indomitable Nigerian spirit to the rest of the world.

The governor said: “I heartily congratulate our track superstar, Tobi Amusan, on her enviable feat at the World Athletics Championship 2022, clinching gold at the global tournament and setting a new world record in the semifinals of the competition to become the first Nigerian to win a world championship.

“A worthy ambassador of the country, Amusan, a two-time African Games champion, has continued to blaze the trail, putting the nation on the global map for good.

“Her wizardry performance at the global competition at the weekend, is a classic display of the dogged and indomitable Nigerian spirit.

“We are proud of her exploits and are even more confident that she will bring more glory to the country.”

According to him, the victory is an excellent inspiration to Nigerian youths to toe the path of hard work, saying his administration would sustain investment in the sports sector to create more opportunities for Edo youths.

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