24-year-old Oluwatobiloba Amusan has set a new African record in the 100 meters Hurdles event with a finishing time of 12.42 seconds in the Diamond League final meet held in Zurich on September 9, 2021.
Amusan’s winning time erases Glory Alozie’s previous feat of 12.44 seconds set in 1999 and also saw her become the first Nigerian to win a Diamond League trophy.
Oluwatobiloba Amusan is expected to receive $30,000 in prize money as well as getting a wild card for next year’s World Athletics Championships in Oregon, U.S.A.
Since her agonising miss at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where she missed out on a medal as widely expected, Amusan has shown great composure and tenacity.
Amusan emerged tops at the Continental Tour Gold meeting at the Stadion Slaski in Chorzow, Poland on Sunday, September 5.
At the weekend, she won the 100 meters Hurdles event with a time of 12.64 secconds ahead of Olympic bronze medalist Megan Tapper who clocked 12.75 seconds. The USA’s Christina Clemons was third in 12.92 seconds.
Before Sunday’s win, Amusan had also claimed victory at the Citius Meeting, Bern, Switzerland in August where she set a new Meet Record.
Her winning time at the Citius Meeting was 12.80 seconds, ahead of Poland’s Klaudia Siciarz and Australia’s Clay Liz.
Oluwatobiloba Ayomide “Tobi” Amusan (born 23 April 1997) is a Nigerian track and field athlete who specialises in the 100 metres hurdles and also competes as a sprinter. She Won the 2018 Commonwealth and 2019 African champion in the event. She is also a two-time African Games champion.