Oluwatobiloba Ayomide "Tobi" Amusan OON // (born 23 April 1997)[4] is a Nigerian track and field athlete who specialises in the 100 metres hurdles and also competes as a sprinter. Amusan is the current world record holder in the 100 metres hurdles with a time of 12.12 seconds which she set at the 2022 women's 100 metres hurdles semi final in Eugene Oregon. She is the current Commonwealth and African champion in the 100 m hurdles, as well as the meet record holder in those two competitions. Amusan became the first ever Nigerian world champion and world record holder in an athletics event when she won the 2022 World Championships 100 m hurdles gold medal, setting the current world record of 12.12 seconds (+0.9 m/s) in the semi-final, followed up by a 12.06 seconds (+2.5 m/s) in the final. She won back-to-back Commonwealth and African titles in 2018 and 2022 in the 100 m hurdles and is also a two-time African Games champion in the event.[5][6] She is also the current Diamond league champion in the 100 metres hurdles having won the final in 12.33 seconds (+1.8 m/s) achieving a winning streak in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Tobi Amusan
Amusan at the ISTAF Berlin in 2019
Personal information
Birth nameOluwatobiloba Ayomide Amusan
NicknameTobi Express
Born (1997-04-23) 23 April 1997 (age 27)
Ijebu Ode, Nigeria[1]
EducationUniversity of Texas at El Paso
Alma materOur Lady of Apostles Secondary School, Ijebu-Ode
Height1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)
Weight57 kg (126 lb)[1]
Sprint100 metres hurdles
College teamUTEP Miners
ClubBuka Tigers
Coached byLacena Golding-Clarke[2]

Mika Laaksonen[3]

Solaja Ayodele, Buka Tigers Coach
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking1 (2023)
Personal bests

In 2015, Amusan took gold in the 100 m hurdles at the African Junior Championships and the same year, as an 18-year-old, secured her first title at the African Games. In 2021, Amusan became the first Nigerian athlete to win a Diamond League title as she took the 100 m hurdles trophy, breaking the then-African record held by Glory Alozie in the process.[7] She retained her title in 2022 and 2023.

Early life and education


Tobi Amusan was born on 23 April 1997, in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria, to Mr and Mrs Amusan, who are school teachers. Tobi, as she is fondly called, is the youngest of three children.[8] She attended Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School in her hometown.[9] In May 2023, Amusan earned Master of Arts degree in Leadership Studies and Sports Management at the University of Texas at El Paso.[10]



From an early age, Amusan was an accomplished athlete. She was the 200 metres silver medallist at the 2013 African Youth Championships held in Warri.[11][12] A year later, she took her first major medal in the 100 metres hurdles, which was also silver, at the African Youth Games.[4] She then claimed gold in the event at the 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships in Addis Ababa.[13] Also in 2015, while making her All-Africa Games debut as an eighteen-year-old, she won the gold medal in the 100 m hurdles.[14]



In 2016, as a freshman in the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), Amusan became the second athlete for the university to be named C-USA Female Track Athlete of the Year since UTEP joined C-USA.[2] She was the gold medallist in both the 100 m hurdles and the 200 m. She also claimed a silver in the long jump at the C-USA Championships.[15] Amusan first broke the 13 s barrier in the hurdles with a time of 12.83 s at the El Paso UTEP Invitational. This eclipsed Kim Turner's UTEP record, which had stood for 33 years.[16][17] She was runner-up at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 100 m hurdles. She ran a windy 12.79 s behind Kentucky's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn. Amusan also competed at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Despite running her second-fastest time ever, she placed fifth in the final.[18] She went on to represent Nigeria at the Rio Olympic Games, reaching the semifinals of the 100 m hurdles.[4]



In her first outdoor race of 2017, she ran a then-lifetime best and UTEP record of 12.63 s in the 100 m hurdles.[19] She was the C-USA champion in her specialist event and also the runner up in the 200 m. At the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships, there was a reversal of finishes in the 100 m hurdles. In a dramatic race, Amusan claimed the title ahead of Camacho-Quinn, who was the previous year's champion. She did this in a personal record time of 12.57 s.[20] She also represented Nigeria at the World Championships in London later in the year.[4]

2018: Commonwealth and African champion


Amusan ran a personal best of 7.89 s in the 60 m hurdles at the start of her 2018 season. She represented her country at the Birmingham World Indoor Championships, reaching the final in the event.[21]

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, 2015 world champion Danielle Williams seemed to be the favourite to take the title in the absence of Sally Pearson. In the final, however, Amusan moved ahead of her competitors and won the race by a clear metre ahead of Williams.[22][2] She also won a bronze medal in the 4 × 100 m relay with her teammates, Joy Udo-Gabriel, Blessing Okagbare and Rosemary Chukwuma. Later in the year, she won her first African Championship title in her signature event at the Asaba African Championships.[23] This fulfilled a Nigerian tradition being 11th gold for Nigeria in the 100 m hurdles since Judy Bell-Gam triumphed at the inaugural edition of the championships in 1979.[24] She also claimed a gold medal in the 4 × 100 m relay at the championships.[25]

2019: Second African Games title


In August, the 22-year-old successfully defended her African Games title.[4] On 5 October at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, she ran a personal best of 12.48 s during the 100 m hurdles qualifying rounds. In the semi-finals the following day, she equaled this personal best before placing fourth a few hours later in the final with a time of 12.49 s.[4]

2021: First Nigerian Diamond League champion


Amusan finished fourth at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a time of 12.60 s.[4] She later competed in the Zürich Diamond League final event, which she won in a new African record of 12.42 s, breaking 23-years-old best of 12.44 s held by her compatriot Glory Alozie and becoming the first Nigerian to win a Diamond League trophy.[7]

2022: World, Commonwealth, African and Diamond League champion

Tobi Amusan races in the 100 m hurdles final at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene

In June, Amusan defended her 100 m hurdles title at the African Championships in Mauritius with a time of 12.57 s. She also competed in the women's 4 × 100 m relay to earn a second gold medal. The same month, she lowered her African record in her specialist event with a 12.41 s clocking when winning at the Diamond League meet in Paris.

The 25-year-old entered the World Championships held in Eugene, Oregon in July as a medal contender after back-to-back fourth-place finishes. In the heats, she again bettered her African record with a time of 12.40 s, improving by a further 0.01 s. In the semi-final, Amusan set a new world record of 12.12 seconds, breaking the previous best of 12.20 s set by American Kendra Harrison in 2016 and becoming the first Nigeria's world record holder in an athletics event.[26] It was the largest improvement for a world record in the 100 m hurdles in 42 years.[27] She bested her time once again in the final, running 12.06 s (2.5 m/s wind assisted, thus not a legal WR),[28] becoming the first Nigeria's world champion at the World Athletics Championships.[29][6]

In August at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Amusan successfully defended her title, winning her second consecutive gold medal in the 100 m hurdles with a new Games record of 12.30 s. She also helped power Nigeria's women's 4 × 100 m relay team to gold.[30][31] She competed in her specialist event at the Lausanne Diamond Race meet later that month, finishing second with a time of 12.60 s, behind reigning Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn. Amusan wrapped up her long and successful 2022 campaign by winning 100 m hurdles at the Zürich Diamond League final event with a 12.29 s performance to retain her title. She finished ahead of, 2–4, Tia Jones, Britany Anderson, and Camacho-Quinn, setting a new meet record in the process.[32]



On 16 July 2023, Amusan clocked a new season best of 12.34 seconds in the 100m Hurdles at the Silesia Diamond league meet. Three days later Amusan was charged with missing three anti-doping controls and was given a provisional suspension from participation.[33][34] On 17 August 2023, the Disciplinary Tribunal found that Amusan had not committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation of three whereabouts failures within a 12-month period and her provisional suspension was lifted.[35]

At the 2023 World Championships held in Budapest, she finished sixth in the final held on 24 August.[36]


Amusan after her final victory at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene

International competitions

Representing   Nigeria
Year Competition Venue Position Event Result
2013 African Youth Championships Warri, Nigeria 2nd 200 m 24.45
3rd Long jump 5.52 m
World Youth Championships Donetsk, Ukraine — (sf) 200 m DQ
— (h) Medley relay DQ
2014 African Youth Games Gaborone, Botswana 2nd 100 m hurdles 13.92
World Junior Championships Eugene, OR, United States — (h) 100 m hurdles DNS
2015 African Junior Championships Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1st 100 m hurdles 14.26
African Games Brazzaville, Republic of Congo 1st 100 m hurdles 13.15
2016 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 5th 100 m hurdles 12.95
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 11th (sf) 100 m hurdles 12.91
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 14th (sf) 100 m hurdles 13.04
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 7th 60 m hurdles 8.05
Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 1st 100 m hurdles 12.68
3rd 4 × 100 m relay 42.75
African Championships Asaba, Nigeria 1st 100 m hurdles 12.86
1st 4 × 100 m relay 43.77
Continental Cup Ostrava, Czech Republic 5th 100 m hurdles 12.96
— (f) 4 × 100 m relay DQ 163.3(a)
2019 African Games Rabat, Morocco 1st 100 m hurdles 12.68
World Championships Doha, Qatar 4th 100 m hurdles 12.49
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 4th 100 m hurdles 12.60
12th (h) 4 × 100 m relay 43.25
2022 African Championships Port Louis, Mauritius 1st 100 m hurdles 12.57w
1st 4 × 100 m relay 44.45
World Championships Eugene, OR, United States 1st 100 m hurdles 12.06w (WR sf)
Commonwealth Games Birmingham, United Kingdom 1st 100 m hurdles 12.30 GR
DQ 4 × 100 m relay 42.10 AR
2023 World Championships Budapest, Hungary 6th 100 m hurdles 12.62
2024 African Games Accra, Ghana 1st 100 m hurdles 12.89
1st 4 × 100 m relay 43.05

Circuit win and titles

100 m hurdles wins, other events specified in parentheses

National and NCAA titles


Personal bests

Event Time Wind Place Date Notes
60 metres indoor 7.41 Albuquerque, NM, United States 2 February 2019
60 metres hurdles 7.75 Boston, MA, United States 4 February 2024 African record
100 metres 11.14 0.0 m/s Albuquerque, NM, United States 21 April 2022
200 metres 22.66 -1.1 m/s Albuquerque, NM, United States 21 April 2022
200 metres indoor 23.35 Birmingham, AL, United States 19 February 2017
100 metres hurdles 12.12 +0.9 m/s Eugene, OR, United States 24 July 2022 World record
100 metres hurdles 12.06w +2.5 m/s Eugene, OR, United States 24 July 2022 not legal
4 × 100 m relay 42.10 Birmingham, United Kingdom 7 August 2022 African record
Long jump 6.07 m +1.7 m/s Berkeley, CA, United States 23 April 2016
Long jump indoor 6.15 m Albuquerque, NM, United States 3 February 2017

Awards and honours


See also



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