Tobi Amusan, the world 100m hurdles champion and record holder, has confessed that she almost abandoned athletics before becoming a world champion.
Last year, the 25-year-old sprinter became Nigeria’s first world champion in athletics when she won the gold medal in the 2022 World Championships 100m hurdles, setting the current world record of 12.12secs in the semi-final and 12.06secs in the final.
She also won gold in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham before defending her Diamond League Trophy in Zurich with a meet record time of 12.29 seconds.
Tobi Amusan remarked that prior to her record-breaking year (2022), she was always fourth, which was exhausting. She believes that even when individuals believe their lives are over, they may still do amazing things.
In an interview with Justin Tuckey, the Ogun-born hurdler stated that winning the World Championships 100m hurdles gold medal in Oregon was a watershed moment in her career. She also stated that she had decided to discontinue athletics and return to school.
“That was the moment of ‘did I just do that?’. But yes, it was months, years, and a crazy amount of training and hard work that people saw in 12secs. Sweat, tears, heartbreaks and on the verge of quitting literally every other year. You know seeing it unfold at that moment, with my coach in the stands was just ‘ma we did it’, you know it was just crazy,” Amusan said.
“That year, I was like if something doesn’t go right… And I felt like it was what actually got me into doing my Masters because I was looking forward to what if the season doesn’t go right? In as much as we want to do great things, God approves whatever thing we want to do, but then it’s more of I’ve been putting in the work and showing up every year and it was just fourth, fourth, so I was just tired,” Amusan added.
“It was a moment of God, you can still do something even when you’re broken and you feel like it’s over, because 2022 was supposed to be like my quit year.
“I mean if God doesn’t want to show up I can as well do something with my energy. So, it was just the moment I wanted to quit and God just showed up miraculously, so it was a huge moment for myself, my coach, my family and everyone who supported me.”