Tobi Amusan targets running 100m hurdles in less than 12 seconds

Tobi Amusan

World record holder Tobi Amusan has set her sight on setting more records in the women’s 100m hurdles.

Fresh out from her impressive run in 2022 after setting new records at the World Athletics Championship in Oregon, United States and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK, before capping an amazing season with a Diamond League win in Zurich, Switzerland; Amusan has said she is looking to running the 100m hurdles in less than 12 seconds.

Amusan is the world’s record holder in her specialty after running 12:12 seconds at the World Championships back in July. The 25-year-old says she wants to outdo herself next season.

Amusan, who is currently in Nigeria, told PUNCH that she will put in more work next season.

“God’s been great, it was a rocky start to the season,” she said. “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.”

Amusan, who was born in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, said she was brought up in a religious home and so she got used to thanking God for everything.

“I come from a very spiritually inclined family, even when the going gets tough, we still say ‘thank you Jesus.’ Most times, it might not be what we want to hear, but we still say ‘thank you Jesus.’ So, I got used to saying what I want even at the moment it might not look like it. But I know sooner, it will happen,” she said.