Tobi Amusan, a world record holder, has arrived in Nigeria after having her best career season.
Amusan arrived in Lagos on Tuesday in the afternoon and was welcomed with open arms.
Amusan’s well-deserved homecoming was celebrated by a large crowd of sports fans and supporters.
Amusan travelled to Nigeria in a pair of green pants and a black sleeveless top.
The athlete, who was born in Ijebu-Ode, is Nigeria’s first-ever gold medalist at the World Athletics Championship. Her illustrious career began in September 2021, when she won her first Diamond League final trophy.
She won the 100-meter hurdles title at the African Championships in June 2022.
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In July 2022, she broke the 100-meter hurdles world record in Oregon, United States, during the World Championships semifinals, and she also took home the gold in the competition’s final.
The Nigerian national anthem was playing when she broke down in tears on the podium, drawing the attention of Nigerians both at home and abroad.
Amusan also won gold and established a new Commonwealth Games record in August in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
The 25-year-old set a new Games record with a time of 12.30 seconds and successfully defended the title she had won in Australia’s Gold Coast four years prior.
Amusan’s Jamaican coach Lacena Golding-Clarke provided crucial assistance as she helped Amusan achieve her goal of winning the Diamond League final on September 8 in Zurich, Switzerland.
Amusan beat Gail Devers’ 22-year meeting record with a time of 12.29 seconds.
President Muhammadu Buhari will host Amusan and other Nigerian athletes from the 2022 Commonwealth Games on September 15 in Abuja.
Nigeria placed seventh in the overall medal standings and first in Africa with 35 medals, including 12 gold, 9 silver, and 14 bronze.
Ese Brume, Odunayo Adekuoroye, and Blessing Oborududu, among others, are anticipated to be a part of the delegation that the president will host.