World Indoor Championships: Tobi Amusan missing, Nigeria now depends on Ese Brume to make history

Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume

World Indoor Championships: Tobi Amusan missing, Nigeria now depends on Ese Brume to make history

Funmilayo Fameso 10:17 - 26.02.2024

There will be no World Indoor Championship history for Tobi Amusan, as Ese Brume remains Nigeria's only medal hopeful and Ruth Usoro also missing from entry list.

Team Nigeria will head to the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow in the absence of African Record (AR) holder Tobi Amusan and will now majorly rely on Ese Brume to hopefully fly the country's flag on the podium.

Amusan pulled out of competing at the championship taking place from March 1st - 3rd, meaning she won't be gunning for another history-making moment by winning another world medal.

Tobi Amusan during one of her 60m Hurdles races // @WorldAthletics

The World Record holder started the indoor season brightly by breaking Glory Alozie's women's 60m Hurdles AR of 7.82s with a new 7.77s, then lowered it to 7.75s, thus placing her as one of the major medal contenders at the world indoor championships.

Surprisingly, Amusan not being included on the World Athletics entered list by countries confirms her exclusion from the championship.

Tobi Amusan misses a chance to make history

With her exclusion, Amusan will miss the opportunity of going for the indoor title and becoming Nigeria's first world indoor and outdoor champion.

Also, she had a great chance of medalling, which would have made her the third Nigerian woman after Alozie and Ese Brume to win a medal at the world indoor championship.

Tobi Amusan will miss a chance on making history in Glasgow

Finally, she had raised hopes of having the first Nigerian female champion indoors after the late Sunday Bada and Olusoji Fasuba claimed the 400m and 60m titles in 1997 and 2008 respectively.

Ese Brume leads a slim list of Nigerian contingents to the World Indoor Championships

In the absence of Amusan, Nigeria's medal hope will now significantly be on Brume's shoulders to perhaps get a medal.

Ese Brume is Nigeria's last medallist at the World Indoor Championships

The long jump queen was a silver medallist at the 2022 edition in Belgrade and will be aiming to upgrade it this time by winning her first world title.

Here's the full list of Nigerian athletes heading to the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow

Chukwuebuka Enekwechi - Men's - Shot Put

Edosie Ibadin - Men's 800m

Dubem Nwachukwu -400m

Sikiru Adeyemi, Chidi Okezie, Nwachukwu, and Ibadin - Men's 4x400m.

The Nigerian relay team will compete against Team USA, Poland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Slovak Republic and Kenya.

Notable name missing is Ruth Usoro in the women's long jump - who's currently 5th on the world top list at 6.87m.