Oluwatobiloba Ayomide Amusan popularly known as Tobi Amusan is a Nigerian track and field athlete who competes in the 100-meter race and sprinting. She won the 2018 Commonwealth and African Champion. She has also won the African Games thrice. In the 100m sprints, she won the Diamond League Trophy in Zurich in 2021. In 2022, during Paris Diamond League, Tobi Amusan broke a record and became third in the world. In this same year, she broke another world record by winning the 100-meter hurdles gold medal at the World Athletics Championships.
Early Life & Education
Oluwatobiloba Amusan was born on the 23rd of April, 1997, in Ijebu Ode, situated in Ogun State, Nigeria. She is a famous Nigerian athlete. After she completed her secondary school education, she started her early life as an athlete.
Tobi Amusan has had a lot of athletic potentials since she was a child. At the 2013 African Youth Championships in Warri, she won a silver medal. At the 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships in Addis Ababa, she won gold in the 100-meter race. She also won the gold medal in the 100 meters sprints at the All-Africa Games in 2015.
Tobi Amusan became the second female track athlete from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) to be named C-USA Female Track Athlete of the Year since the university joined C-USA in 2016. She won gold in both the 100-meter sprints and the 200-meter race. At the C-USA Championships, she also won silver in the long jump. At the El Paso UTEP Invitational, Amusan broke the 13-second barrier in the sprints with a time of 12.83 seconds. This broke Kim Turner‘s 33-year-old UTEP 100-meter hurdles record.
She finished second in the 100 mater race at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships. She finished 12.79 seconds behind Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Kentucky. Amusan also competed in the Bydgoszcz 2016 World Junior Championships. She finished fifth in the final despite having the second quickest time ever. She went on to compete in the Rio Olympic Games for Nigeria, reaching the semifinals of the 100-meter hurdles.
In 2017, she set a personal best and UTEP record in the 100-meter race with a time of 12.63 seconds. She won the C-USA title in her specialty event and finished second in the 200 meters. In the 100-meter race, there was a finish reversal at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Amusan won the race in a thrilling finish ahead of Camacho-Quinn, the previous year’s champion. She achieved it in a time of 12.57 seconds, which is a personal best. Later in the year, she also competed for Nigeria at the World Championships in London.
At the start of her 2018 season, she set another personal best in the 60-meter race with a time of 7.89 seconds. She went on to compete in the 60-meter hurdles final in the Birmingham World Indoor Championships, representing her country.
In the absence of Sally Pearson, Danielle Williams, the 2015 World Champion, appeared to be the favorite to win the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. In the final, however, Amusan surged ahead of her opponents and won by a full meter over Williams. She also earned a bronze medal with her teammates Joy Udo-Gabriel, Blessing Okagbare, and Rosemary Chukwuma in the 4 x 100 m relay.
Also, at the Asaba African Championships, she won her maiden African Championships title in her specialist sport. Judy Bell-Gam had won this race for Nigeria at the first African Championships, so this fulfilled a Nigerian tradition. At the championships, she also won gold in the 4 x 100 m relay.
She set a personal best of 12.48 seconds in the 100 meters race qualifying rounds at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, on October 5, 2019. The next day, she tied her personal best in the semi-finals before finishing fourth in the final with a time of 12.49 seconds.
In 2022, she set a new African record in the 100m women’s hurdles with a time of 12.41 seconds. During the Diamond League meet in Paris, France, Amusan beat her own record with her third-best run of the season. Amusan won the Paris Diamond League with a time of 12.41 seconds, moving her up to third in the world behind world leader Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (12.37s) and Alaysha Johnson (12.41s) (12.40s).
World Athletics Championships
On July 25th, 2022, Tobi Amusan broke another world record by winning the 100-meter hurdles gold medal at the World Athletics Championships. She clocked 12.40s in her 100m hurdles, beating her previous record of 12.41s. She became the first Nigerian athlete to win gold at the World Athletics Championships. Tobi Amusan made Nigeria’s National Anthem be sung over the podium of a World Championship.
|2022||World Athletics Championships||Eugene, Oregon, USA||1st||100 m hurdles|
|2022||African Championships||Port Louis, Mauritius||1st||100 m hurdles|
|2021||Olympic Games||Tokyo, Japan||4th||100 m hurdles|
|2021||Olympic Games||Tokyo, Japan||12th (h)||4 × 100 m relay|
|2019||African Games||Rabat, Morocco||1st||100 m hurdles|
|2019||World Championships||Doha, Qatar||4th||100 m hurdles|
|2018||World Indoor Championships||Birmingham, United Kingdom||7th||60 m hurdles|
|2018||Commonwealth Games||Gold Coast, Australia||1st||100 m hurdles|
|2018||Commonwealth Games||Gold Coast, Australia||3rd||4 × 100 m relay|
|2018||African Championships||Asaba, Nigeria||1st||100 m hurdles|
|2018||African Championships||Asaba, Nigeria||1st||4 × 100 m relay|
|2018||Continental Cup||Ostrava, Czech Republic||5th||100 m hurdles|
|2018||Continental Cup||Ostrava, Czech Republic||—||4 × 100 m relay|
|2017||World Championships||London, United Kingdom||14th (sf)||100 m hurdles|
|2016||World U20 Championships||Bydgoszcz, Poland||5th||100 m hurdles|
|2016||Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||11th (sf)||100 m hurdles|
|2015||African Junior Championships||Addis Ababa||1st||100 m hurdles|
|2015||African Games||Brazzaville, Republic of Congo||1st||100 m hurdles|
|2014||World Junior Championships||Eugene, United States||—||100 m hurdles|
|2014||African Youth Games||Gaborone, Botswana||2nd||100 m hurdles|
|2013||African Youth Championships||Warri, Nigeria||2nd||100 m hurdles|
|2013||African Youth Championships||Warri, Nigeria||3rd||Long jump|
Tobi Amusan is one of the richest and most renowned Athletics in Nigeria. Many online sources have claimed that her net worth is estimated to be $1.5 million.
Tobi Amusan is still in her prime, looking forward to setting records and winning more medals for Nigeria.