Tobi Amusan is a Nigerian track and field athlete who was born on April 23, 1997. The sprinter and 100 meters hurdles specialist became famous after her remarkable win at the World Athletics Championships that took place in Oregon in July 2022. At the event, she set a new world record of 12.12 seconds in the semifinal before running a wind-assisted 12.06 seconds in the final to take the gold medal.
The athlete, who was nicknamed “Shanko” in reference to her tiny body frame when she was growing up, followed that up with another win at the commonwealth 100m hurdle race. Here is more about her life and career.
Profile Summary of Tobi Amusan
- Name: Oluwatobiloba Ayomide Amusan
- Date of Birth: April 23, 1997
- State of Origin: Ogun
- Ethnicity: Yoruba
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Religion: Christianity
- Occupation: Professional Athlete
- Weight: 5 feet 1 inch
- Height: 57 kg
- Education: Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School, Ijebu Ode; University of Texas, El Paso
- Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Kehinde Amusan
- Siblings: 2
- Instagram: ihurdle_33.0inches
What is Tobi Amusan’s State of Origin?
Tobi Amisan is from Ijebu Ode in Ogun State, Nigeria. This was where she was born, had her early education, and began her athletics career. She was born into a family of five and is the last born. Tobi’s parents are both teachers, but her father was once a volleyball player while her mother was a sprinter in her tertiary days.
Tobi came from a sporting family but unfortunately had limited support from her father, who was against her venturing into the career because there were fewer sporting opportunities in the country. Tobi was, however, able to scale through and have a career locally, nationally, and internationally.
She Began Running at a Young Age
Despite her father’s antagonism towards her venturing into sports, Tobi Amusan was able to believe in her career through her mother, who always covered up for her. Tobi was more involved with soccer while in secondary school; she was described as fast (just like she is now) and always everywhere on the pitch. Her coach, Ayodele Solaja, noticed her prowess and then recommended her to venture into athletics, introducing her to her next coach, Solomon Aliyu.
She was a part of her secondary school’s football team – Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School, Ijebu-Ode. She gained attention from Ayodele Solaja by defeating a professional athlete at a 100m race during the school’s inter-house sports. Her story with Ayodele Ajala continued when he invited her to a stadium, and eventually, he became her coach. Tobi’s career has been described as a personal determination.
Tobi Amusan participated in national games in 2013 and 2015, where she won both silver medals. The first was in the All Africa Games at Warri and at a camp in Port Harcourt. She would then move abroad to the United States in 2016, where she received more training.
Which University Did Tobi Amusan Attend?
Tobi Amusan attended the University of Texas at El Paso. She won a scholarship abroad and was determined to continue her athletics career. She said that she had more interest in a better positioning because, in Nigeria, there was less support as regards coaches who were very determined to help sports persons attain their career goals.
After relocating to the US to study at the University of Texas in 2016, she met her current coach, Golding-Clarke. In her freshman year, she became the second athlete for the university to be named C-USA Female Track Athlete of the Year after winning the gold medal in both the 100 mH and the 200 m events. She also claimed a silver in the long jump at the C-USA Championships.
While representing Nigeria at the Rio Olympic Games, she reached the semifinals of the 100 mH. Other competitions she competed in and won a medal after the 2016 Olympics include the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where she won Gold in the 100mH and Bronze in the 4×100 relay. At that year’s African Championships, she won Gold in both events.
2019 saw her win Gold at the 2019 Rabat African Games before taking a break for a few years and returning in 2022, where she won Gold at the 100mH and 4×100 relay in the African Championships in Mauritius and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. She also won Gold at the World Championships in Eugene at the 100mH event.
Tobi Amusan Broke the World Record in 100m Hurdles
Tobi Amusan was determined and prepared for greatness. Years after moving to the US, she participated in the 2022 World Athletics Championships, where she ran and set a new world record of 12.12s in the semifinal of the 100 mH. She broke the previous world record of 12.20s set by Kendra Harrison of the US.
Amusan would go on to beat her time in the final, running 12.06s (2.5 m/s wind assisted). This meant that she became the first Nigerian world champion at the World Athletics Championships.