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Tobi Amusan Biography

Oluwatobiloba Ayomide Amusan popularly known as Tobi Amusan is a Nigerian track and field athlete who competes in the 100-meter race and sprinting. She won the 2018 Commonwealth and African Champion. She has also won the African Games thrice. In the 100m sprints, she won the Diamond League Trophy in Zurich in 2021. In 2022, during Paris Diamond League, Tobi Amusan broke a record and became third in the world.

Tobi Amusan Biography
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Personal information
Birth nameOluwatobiloba Ayomide Amusan
Nationality Nigeria
Born23 April 1997 (age 25) Ijebu Ode, Nigeria
EducationUniversity of Texas at El Paso
Alma materOur Lady of Apostles Secondary School, Ijebu-Ode
Height1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)
Weight57 kg (126 lb)
Country Nigeria
Sprint100 metres hurdles
College teamUTEP Miners
ClubBuka Tigers Athletics Club
Coached byLacena Golding-ClarkeMika Laaksonen

Buka Tigers Coach

Achievements and titles
National finalsNational Sports Festival 2018
Highest world ranking2
Personal best(s)60 mH: 7.89 s (Albuquerque 2018)
100 m: 11.31 s (El Paso 2018)
200 m: 22.92 s (El Paso 2017)
100 mH: 12.12 s (Eugene, Oregon 2022) WR

Early Life & Education

Oluwatobiloba Amusan was born on the 23rd of April, 1997, in Ijebu Ode, situated in Ogun State, Nigeria. She is a famous Nigerian athlete. After she completed her secondary school education, she started her early life as an athlete.


Tobi Amusan has had a lot of athletic potentials since she was a child. At the 2013 African Youth Championships in Warri, she won a silver medal. At the 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships in Addis Ababa, she won gold in the 100-meter race. She also won the gold medal in the 100 meters sprints at the All-Africa Games in 2015.


In 2016, as a freshman for The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), Amusan became the second athlete for the university to be named C-USA Female Track athlete of the Year since UTEP joined C-USA. She was the gold medallist in both the 100 mH and the 200 m. She also claimed a silver in the long jump at the C-USA Championships. Amusan first broke the 13 s barrier in the hurdles with a time of 12.83 s at the El Paso UTEP Invitational. This eclipsed Kim Turner’s 100 mH UTEP record which had stood for 33 years. She was runner-up at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 100 mH. She ran a windy 12.79 s behind Kentucky’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn. Amusan also competed at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz. Despite running her second fastest time ever, she placed fifth in the final. She went on to represent Nigeria at the Rio Olympic Games, reaching the semifinals of the 100 mH.


In her first outdoor race of 2017, she ran a then lifetime best and UTEP record of 12.63 s in the 100 metres hurdles. She was the C-USA champion in her specialist event and also the runner up in the 200 metres. At the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships, there was a reversal of finishes in the 100 metres hurdles. In a dramatic race, Amusan claimed the title ahead of Camacho-Quinn who was the champion the previous year. She did this in a personal record time of 12.57 s. She also represented Nigeria at the World Championships in London later in the year.


She ran a personal best of 7.89 s in the 60 metres hurdles at the start of her 2018 season. She went on to represent her country at the Birmingham World Indoor Championships reaching the final of the 60 metres hurdles.

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, 2015 World Champion, Danielle Williams seemed to be the favourite to take the title in the absence of Sally Pearson. In the final however, Amusan moved ahead of her competitors and won the race by a clear metre ahead of Williams. She also won a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 m relay with her team mates, Joy Udo-Gabriel, Blessing Okagbare and Rosemary Chukwuma. Later in the year, she won her first African Championships title in her specialist event at the Asaba African Championships. This fulfilled a Nigerian tradition as Judy Bell-Gam had won this race for Nigeria at the first African Championships. She also claimed a gold medal in the 4 x 100 m relay at the championships.


On October 5, 2019, at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, she ran a personal best of 12.48 s during the 100 metres hurdles qualifying rounds. In the semi-finals the following day, she equaled this personal best before placing 4th a few hours later in the final with 12.49 s.


Amusan finished fourth in the Tokyo Olympics with a time of 12.60s. She later competed in the Zurich Diamond League event, which she won in 12.42s, becoming the first Nigerian to win a Diamond League trophy.


Amusan opened her 2022 season by winning the 2022 Diamond League event in Paris, were she set an African record by 0.01s with a time of 12.41s.

She won gold in the 100m hurdles at the 2022 African Championships in Mauritius, defending her title successfully with a time of 12.57s ( wind-aided). She also competed in the women’s 4×100m and won gold.

Later in 2022, she competed in a Diamond League meet, finishing second with a time of 12.60s, behind olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn.

2022 World Championships

Amusan entered the 2022 World Championships as a medal contender after back-to-back 4th place finishes. In the heats she ran a new personal best of 12.40s, bettering her old record by 0.01s. In the semifinal she set a new world record of 12.12s. She bested her time once again in the final, running 12.06s (wind assisted, so not recognized as a world record), becoming the first Nigerian to win a world title.

International Competitions

2022African ChampionshipsPort Louis, Mauritius1st100 m hurdles
2021Olympic GamesTokyo, Japan4th100 m hurdles
2021Olympic GamesTokyo, Japan12th (h)4 × 100 m relay
2019African GamesRabat, Morocco1st100 m hurdles
2019World ChampionshipsDoha, Qatar4th100 m hurdles
2018World Indoor ChampionshipsBirmingham, United Kingdom7th60 m hurdles
2018Commonwealth GamesGold Coast, Australia1st100 m hurdles
2018Commonwealth GamesGold Coast, Australia3rd4 × 100 m relay
2018African ChampionshipsAsaba, Nigeria1st100 m hurdles
2018African ChampionshipsAsaba, Nigeria1st4 × 100 m relay
2018Continental CupOstrava, Czech Republic5th100 m hurdles
2018Continental CupOstrava, Czech Republic4 × 100 m relay
2017World ChampionshipsLondon, United Kingdom14th (sf)100 m hurdles
2016World U20 ChampionshipsBydgoszcz, Poland5th100 m hurdles
2016Olympic GamesRio de Janeiro, Brazil11th (sf)100 m hurdles
2015African Junior ChampionshipsAddis Ababa1st100 m hurdles
2015African GamesBrazzaville, Republic of Congo1st100 m hurdles
2014World Junior ChampionshipsEugene, United States100 m hurdles
2014African Youth GamesGaborone, Botswana2nd100 m hurdles
2013African Youth ChampionshipsWarri, Nigeria2nd100 m hurdles
2013African Youth ChampionshipsWarri, Nigeria3rdLong jump

Personal bests


  • 100 metres: 11.31 (2018)
  • 150 metres: 18.68 (2014)
  • 200 metres: 22.92 (2017)
  • 300 metres: 40.90 (2014)
  • 400 metres: 60.48 (2017)
  • 100 metres hurdles: 12.12 (2022)
  • Long jump: 6.07 m (2016)
  • 4 × 100 metres relay: 42.75 (2018)
  • 4 × 400 metres relay: 3:41.68 (2017)


  • 60 metres: 7.41 (2019)
  • 200 metres: 23.35 (2017)
  • 60 metres hurdles: 7.89 (2018)
  • Long jump: 6.15 m (2017)

National titles

  • NCAA Division I Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships
    • 100 m hurdles: 2017

Net Worth

Tobi Amusan is one of the richest and most renowned  Athletics in Nigeria. Many online sources have claimed that her net worth is estimated to be $1.5 million.

Tobi Amusan is still in her prime, looking forward to setting records and winning more medals for Nigeria. We wish her success in all her endeavors. You can also drop a wish for her in the comment box below.

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