EUGENE, UNITED STATES - JULY 24: Gold medalist and world record holder Tobi Amusan of Team Nigeria poses during the medal ceremony for Women's 100m Hurdles final at the 18th edition of the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, United States on July 24, 2022. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Tobi Amusan: Biography, Age, Humble Beginnings, Relationship, World Record and More

Nigerians were more than happy to read and watch as Tobi Amusan, a 25-year-old lady born in Ijebu Ode, Ogun state, became the first Nigerian athlete to win a World Athletics Championship gold following her win in the women’s 100m hurdles in Oregon on Sunday, July 17, 2022.

She didn’t only win gold but obliterated the world record in an astonishing semi-final where she clocked 12.12sec, powered over the line at Hayward Field in 12.06sec.

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The previous world record was held by Keni Harrison of the United States in 2016.

Who is Tobi Amusan?

Young Tobi Amusan

Born Oluwatobiloba Ayomide “Tobi” Amusan, Tobi Amusan (as she is fondly called) was born on 23 April 1997. Going by her date of birth, she is currently 25 years old (as at 2022).

She’s a Nigerian track and field athlete who specialises in the 100 metres hurdles and also competes as a sprinter.

Education

She had her Secondary School Education at Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School, Ijebu Ode, Ogun state.

Tobi Amusan’s tertiary education is at the University of Texas, El Paso, United States (the same institution where Blessing Okagbare attended). Her college team is UTEP Miners while she belongs to the Buka Tigers Athletics Club.

Screenshot from Headliner interview with Tobi Amusan.

She received a scholarship to attend the University of Texas, El Paso in 2016.

Amusan first broke through the 13s barrier in the 100m hurdles in 2016 with a time of 12.83s at the El Paso UTEP Invitational.

Humble Beginnings

EUGENE, UNITED STATES – JULY 24: Gold medalist and world record holder Tobi Amusan of Team Nigeria poses during the medal ceremony for Women’s 100m Hurdles final at the 18th edition of the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, United States on July 24, 2022. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Tobi Amusan is the last child of three siblings. Her parents are school teachers; thus her strict upbringing was not surprising.

According to some reports she usually sneaks to the stadium to train, in disobedience of her dad’s rules about doing sports, making her mom cover up for her that she’s gone to church meanwhile she’s training at the stadium.

For Amusan’s father, reading and taking one’s studies seriously is the tested and proven way to success and stardom not running around the stadium in the name of training.

But luckily for Tobi, her mother was a bit liberal and was ready to accommodate her little baby’s love and interest in sports. As long as it does not impede her academics.

Screenshot from Headliner interview with Tobi Amusan.

“My life centred around going to school, sleeping, eating, and reading books, the same cycle that I took into my later life later,” Amusan told worldathletics.org in an interview conducted in 2020.

Meanwhile, her father and mother were also athletes. Her father played volleyball for Ogun State while her mother was a sprinter in her tertiary school days.

Tobi’s father’s opposition to her athletic interest could be because her mother got injured in sports and was abandoned by the authorities.

Screenshot from Headliner interview with Tobi Amusan.

Positivity and personal belief

On November 8, 2016, at about 7 a.m Texas time, Oluwatobiloba Amusan wrote on Twitter, “Unknown now, but ? I will be UNFORGETTABLE … I will Persist until I SUCCEED ….”

In 2017, Amusan told Making of Champions, “at this moment, Kendra [Harrison] owns the record and I don’t have any but she doesn’t have two heads. It will be good for me to run a PR or break the world record if she is not careful–just kidding…”

In 2020, Amusan mused on Twitter, “My coach taught me that when I walk into a room full of my rivals to look like I own the damn world record. She always reminds me that I’ve practiced hard to trust myself and translate that aggressiveness onto the track.”

Two years later, there is no kidding about the fact that Amusan is a world champion and a record breaker. If not for a tailwind of 2.5m/s, we would talk about a historical event that may never be replicated. One thing that comes through is that Amusan always believed she could become the best in the world in the 100m Hurdles, and eventually, her belief became a fact.

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Tobi Amusan’s records

Honours – Olympic Games

PlaceDisciplineMarkPlaceDate
4.100 Metres Hurdles12.60National Stadium, Tokyo (JPN)02 AUG 2021

Honours – World Championships

PlaceDisciplineMarkPlaceDate
1.100 Metres Hurdles12.06Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA)24 JUL 2022
4.100 Metres Hurdles12.49Khalifa International Stadium, Doha (QAT)06 OCT 2019
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Honours – Diamond League Final

PlaceDisciplineMarkPlaceDate
1.100 Metres Hurdles12.42Letzigrund, Zürich (SUI)09 SEP 2021
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Honours – World Indoor Championships

PlaceDisciplineMarkPlaceDate
7.60 Metres Hurdles8.05Arena Birmingham, Birmingham (GBR)03 MAR 2018

Honours – World (Continental) Cup

PlaceDisciplineMarkPlaceDate
5.100 Metres Hurdles12.96Ostrava (CZE)08 SEP 2018

Honours – World U20 Championships

PlaceDisciplineMarkPlaceDate
5.100 Metres Hurdles12.95Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak Stadium, Bydgoszcz (POL)24 JUL 2016

Honours – African Championships

PlaceDisciplineMarkPlaceDate
1.4×100 Metres Relay44.45Cote d’Or National Sports Complex, St Pierre (MRI)10 JUN 2022
1.100 Metres Hurdles12.57Cote d’Or National Sports Complex, St Pierre (MRI)09 JUN 2022

Honours – All-African Games

PlaceDisciplineMarkPlaceDate
1.100 Metres Hurdles13.15Brazzaville (CGO)15 SEP 2015
1.100 Metres Hurdles12.68Complexe Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah, Rabat (MAR)28 AUG 2019

Honours – Diamond League

PlaceDisciplineMarkPlaceDate
1.100 Metres Hurdles12.42Letzigrund, Zürich (SUI)09 SEP 2021
1.100 Metres Hurdles12.41Stade Charléty, Paris (FRA)18 JUN 2022

Honours – Commonwealth Games

PlaceDisciplineMarkPlaceDate
1.100 Metres Hurdles12.68Gold Coast (AUS)13 APR 2018
3.4×100 Metres Relay42.75Gold Coast (AUS)14 APR 2018

Honours – African U20 Championships

PlaceDisciplineMarkPlaceDate
1.100 Metres Hurdles14.26Addis Abeba (ETH)06 MAR 2015

Honours – National Championships

PlaceDisciplineMarkPlaceDate
1.100 Metres Hurdles12.54Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City (NGR)25 JUN 2022
1.4×100 Metres Relay43.25Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City (NGR)25 JUN 2022
1.100 Metres Hurdles12.3hYabatech Sport Complex, Lagos (NGR)18 JUN 2021

Honours – NCAA Championships

PlaceDisciplineMarkPlaceDate
1.100 Metres Hurdles12.57Eugene, OR (USA)10 JUN 2017

Personal Bests

Outdoor

DisciplinePerformanceWindPlaceDateRecordsResults Score
100 Metres11.140.0Albuquerque, NM (USA)21 APR 20221169
100 Metres11.11 *+2.6Terry & Linda Fuller T&F Complex, Lubbock, TX (USA)02 APR 20221161
150 Metres18.68 *NWIIjebu Ode (NGR)15 FEB 20140
200 Metres22.66-1.1Albuquerque, NM (USA)21 APR 20221175
200 Metres22.60 *+3.2El Paso, TX (USA)22 APR 20171156
300 Metres40.90Ijebu Ode (NGR)15 FEB 2014912
400 Metres60.48Harrisonburg, VA (USA)15 APR 2017821
100 Metres Hurdles12.12+0.9Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA)24 JUL 2022WR(p)AR(p)NR1272
100 Metres Hurdles12.06 *+2.5Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA)24 JUL 20221265
100m Hurdles (76.2cm)13.92-1.4National Stadium, Gaborone (BOT)29 MAY 20140
Long Jump6.07+1.7Berkeley, CA (USA)23 APR 20161014
Long Jump6.19 *+2.5Berkeley, CA (USA)23 APR 20161025
4×100 Metres Relay42.75Gold Coast (AUS)14 APR 20181188
4×400 Metres Relay3:41.68Berkeley, CA (USA)29 APR 20171042

Indoor

DisciplinePerformanceWindPlaceDateRecordsResults Score
60 Metres7.41Albuquerque, NM (USA)02 FEB 20191081
200 Metres23.35Birmingham, AL (USA)19 FEB 20171144
60 Metres Hurdles7.84Messehalle, Karlsruhe (GER)31 JAN 20201197
Long Jump6.15Albuquerque, NM (USA)03 FEB 20171031
Source: World Athletics

Relationship Status

There is no publicly available report of Tobi Amusan’s romantic life at the time of filing this article. She’s however presumed to be single.

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