Tobi Amusan reacts as athletics body ratifies her world record

Tobi Amusan

Tobi Amusan on Tuesday reacted to the ratification of her 12:12s women’s 100m hurdles record by the World Athletic Championship.

By virtue of the ratification, the 25-year-old officially becomes the fastest woman in 100m hurdles. She is the first Nigerian athlete to hold a world record.

The excited athlete took to Instagram to share her joy with her Jamaican coach, Lacena Golding-Clarke.

She tagged her coach and said, “Hey, mummmaaa still in doubt ???”

Apparently, Golding-Clarke had not come to terms with the fact that her mentee had set a world record.

Amusan and her Jamaican coach have been together since 2016. Born on March 20, 1975, Golding-Clarke represented Jamaica as a hurdling athlete at the Olympics in 1996, 2000 and 2004, and took part in the World Championships on five separate occasions.

Among her laurels, Golding-Clarke won gold for Jamaica in the 100m hurdles at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. She ran in 12.77 seconds.

Amusan and a host of other athletes who represented Nigeria at the World Championships and Commonwealth Games were hosted by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on September 15.

President Buhari donated N200m to the athletes and specially rewarded the medalists with Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) awards.

Amusan told PUNCH after an impressive season that she intends to run the 100m hurdles in less than 12 seconds.

“The World Championships and Commonwealth Games took their toll on my body, but showing up when I needed to has been great. Breaking the world record revealed to me that there is so much to do in hurdles. Next year, I always put God first, I’m going to put in more practice and do more work, yes a sub-12 is possible,” she said.