Tobi Amusan back with a bang: Nigerian Track and Field Queen makes Diamond League history

Tobi Amusan gave thanks to God after making history at the Diamond League | Photo Credit: Instagram: @ihurdle_33.0inches

Tobi Amusan back with a bang: Nigerian Track and Field Queen makes Diamond League history

Asukwo Oduo 10:37 - 18.09.2023

Nigeria’s Queen of Track and Field Tobi Amusan, set a new record by winning her race in the just concluded Diamond League (Eugene 2023).

Tobi Amusan won a third consecutive Diamond League trophy on Sunday in the women’s 100m hurdles at the Prefontaine Classic, Hayward Field, USA.

The Nigerian athlete emerged victorious with a blistering performance, clocking a  season-best time of 12.33.

In second position was Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (12.38), while America’s Keni Harrison finished third (12.44). Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Danielle Williams, who’s the World Champion, could only muster a fourth-place finish (12.47).

Tobi Amusan rises above her challenges  

After enduring some tough times amid a provisional suspension by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) following allegations of missing drug tests, Tobi Amusan has managed to bounce back in grand style.

The 26-year-old was not at her very best at the World Championships in Budapest after being cleared of any doping violation a few days before her event.

Although Tobi Amusan did get to the final, she couldn’t retain her 100m World Title, finishing a distant 6th. The good news, however, is that her World Record time still stands. 

Speaking after winning her race, the African 100m Hurdle Record holder said she asked God for strength and was also prepared to give her best.

“I came out here and said it’s my race to lose and I will give my all. I said it’s 200 or nothing, because 100 %, I am not winning today. So I came out here and I told God to give me the strength"

“I said this (racing in Eugene) is God’s track. I came here I’m like ‘this is my track, I’m going to dominate’ and God did just that.”

"Right now I just want to rest. I’m just grateful to God, that’s all I can say this season. This win is not about me, it’s for my coach, my family, for everyone who supported me throughout this year. It’s been a rough one and I’m just thankful."

The Diamond League win draws a curtain to what has been an eventful 2023 for Amusan, who would now turn her attention to the 2024 Olympics.