• Babajide EverBlazin

World Athletics Award nomination excites Amusan

Nigerian sprinter Tobiloba Amusan is excited about the prospect of winning the 2022 Women's World Athlete of the Year award having been announced as a nominee on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old is among the 10 women athletes announced Wednesday morning by World Athletics as contenders for the award.

Amusan has had a fantastic 2022, breaking the 100m hurdles world record on her way to winning gold at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon in a time of 12.12 seconds.

She backed up that performance by striking gold again at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, before retaining her Diamond League Trophy in Zurich in a new meet record of 12.29s. The previous record, which stood for 22 years, was held by American legend, Gail Devers.

Amusan, who last year made history as the first Nigerian in the Diamond League era to win the Diamond Trophy, also made history at this year’s Commonwealth Games, when she became the first Nigerian track and field athlete to successfully defend a Commonwealth Games title and the first to win gold in two Commonwealth Games.

Amusan is also the African champion and record holder after retaining her title in Mauritius in June.

The athlete, in a post on social media, said she was honoured to be nominated for the glamorous award, adding that she would love to win it.

“I’m short of words! Through the grace of God, I have achieved so many firsts by a Nigerian’ and this is yet another one,” Amusan posted on her Facebook page.

“I’m so honoured to be selected as a World Athlete of the Year nominee and the first Nigerian ever to reach this height. I have twice been named Nigerian Athlete of the Year by Athletic Heat platform, but this is my first international nomination and I want us to win it!”

Voting for the World Athletes of the Year closes at midnight on Monday October 31.

At the conclusion of the voting process, five women and five men’s finalists will be announced by World Athletics.

The winners will be revealed on World Athletics’ social media platforms early December.

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