Dancer Kaffy could not hold back her tears on Monday as she joined Tobi Amusan in crying over the latter’s World Championship victory.
Kaffy took to Instagram to congratulate Amusan on the feat, saying that her win was a victory for all Nigerians. She added that as Tobi cried while singing the Nigerian national anthem, she also joined the athlete in crying.
Sharing a video of the emotional Tobi receiving her gold medal and shedding tears while singing the anthem, Kaffy wrote: “She cried, I cried, we cried. It’s a victory for us all. This shows that if we individually pursue our kingdom mandate, what God has for us one shall chase 1,000 and 2 shall chase 10,000. But it in this case One @ihurdle_33.0inches Tobi Amusan brought hope, Glory, honor and strength to millions. There is a Tobi Amusan in you!
“Please what is her handle heroes like these needs to be followed and celebrated! I am sure she fought against all the odds that come with being a Nigerian to get there! Now she conquered the world and broke records.”
Amusan became the first Nigerian to win gold at the World Athletics Championship when she raced to victory in the women’s 100metres hurdles in 12.06 seconds.
Although the timing was not recognised as a world record because of wind speed, the 12.12 seconds she clocked in the semifinal stands as the new world record.
The 5ft1in athlete shone at inter-house sports and inter-school competitions while attending Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School.
At 16, and just out of secondary school, Amusan won a silver medal at the 2013 African Youth Championships in Warri.
She also claimed gold in the 100metres hurdles at the 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Amusan made her African Games debut as an 18-year-old in Brazzaville, Congo that same year and won the gold medal in the 100metres hurdles.
She moved to the US in 2016 and attended The University of Texas at El Paso.
In 2018, Amusan won the gold medal in the 100metres hurdle at the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia and the African Championships in Asaba, Nigeria.
She also won the 4x100metres relay gold in Asaba.
Amusan also won gold at the African Games held in Rabat, Morocco in 2019.
The 25-year-old won the 100metres hurdle and 4x100metres relay gold at the African Championships in Port Louis, Mauritius in June 2022, before her world record-breaking performance at the World Championships in Eugene a month after.
Images of Amusan crying on the championship podium as the Nigeria national anthem played have been shared multiple times across the globe.