Naijablazer of the Week: Meet historic 20-year old Tobi Amusan, the virgin face of Nigeria’s athletics!

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#TrailblazingTuesday today brings you a determined runner, jumper and athletic marvel! Oluwatobiloba Ayomide Amusan is a star!

She was born April 23, 1997 and is the current face of Nigeria’s track and field at the moment. Amusan made history at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia, by becoming the first Nigerian to win a Gold medal a in the 100 meters hurdle.

Her journey to athletic game didn’t start today. She’s been winning and putting in the effort to keep winning. She claimed gold in the 100 metres hurdles event at the 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships in Addis Ababa. In 2015, while making her All-Africa Games debut, she won gold in the 100 metres hurdles event at the 2015 All-Africa Games. Her teammate, Lindsay Lindley was third. She was also a silver medallist at the 2013 African Youth Championships in Warri.

Personal best(s)

60 mH: 7.89 s (2018)

100 m: 11.31 s (2018)

200 m: 22.92 s (2017)

100 mH: 12.57 s (2017)

She was runner-up at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 100 m hurdles running a windy 12.79 s. Amusan also competed at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz. Despite running her second fastest time ever, she placed fifth in the final. She eclipsed Kim Turner‘s 100mH UTEP record in 2016, with a 2016 best of 12.83 s.[8][9] She has bettered her own high school record in the 100mH finishing the race at the UTEP Springtime Invitational in 12.63 s.

We celebrate you our trailblazing star! Keep running!!!

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