Nigeria’s top female sprinter, Tobi Amusan, won the 100m Diamond League Hurdles Trophy held inside the Lezigrund stadion at Weltklasse in Zurich, Switzerland, on Thursday.
The Nigerian beat Netherland’s Naddine Visser who ran 12.51s to place second and Olympic bronze medallist, Megan Tapper placed third in a time of 12.55s.
The result placed Amusan as
the first female Nigerian athlete and third Nigerian to win at the highly rated Diamond League meeting, after Innocent Egbunike and Seun Ogunkoya, since its inception in 2010.
The 24-year-old Ijebu Ode-born athlete who also smiled home with the $30,000 top prize money on offer, ran a new Personal Best of 12.42s to surpass the African record of 12.44s which was held by former Nigerian star, Glory Alozie, after a race in Monaco, France, in 1998.
Amusan’s latest performance is seen as a quick response to her inability to make podium appearance at the recently concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Speaking after her impressive outing, Amusan said she was determined to make up for her poor outing in Tokyo, as she feels excited to have made history.
”It’s so great and a great feeling for me considering the fact that I did not win a medal at the Olympics”. “The experience was really challenging for me moving forward, but, I encouraged myself not to give up”. Today, it’s a sweet song for me getting a Diamond League Trophy”.
She added, “The hurdles event is a very mental event and my coach is always telling me I need to focus on myself and execute. Once you execute, you don’t have a problem going over the hurdles”. “I’m glad I came out with a win. I have one more meeting in Zagreb, and I can go take the season off. I am really looking forward to it”, said Amusan.