Tobi Amusan continues to break records on and off the track as the received her nomination for the Women’s World Athlete of the Year, becoming the first Nigerian ever to do so. The 25-year-old enjoyed a stellar 2022 season and is well-placed to emerge with the award.
Amusan, who broke the world and Commonwealth records in 2022, and set a Diamond League Meet record in the women’s 100mH. The Nigerian star dominated her event like no other person has ever done in the history of the 100m hurdles. She saw her world-record breaking feat in Oregon named among the 22 best moments of the year by World Athletics.
Tobi Express, as Amusan is known, was nominated alongside nine other elite female athletes for the award. The other nominees include Jamaican sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, USA’s Sydney McLaughlin (400m Hurdles), Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh (High jump), Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon (Middle distance), Peru’s Kimberly Garcia (Racewalker), Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo (Sprints), Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson (Sprints), Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas (Triple jump), and the USA’s Chase Ealey (Shotput).
The winner of the award will be determined by the nominee who gets the highest number of votes on social media.
On Twitter, Amusan is presently in the lead, having garnered over 9,000 retweets in only four hours. She is behind on Facebook and YouTube, and ahead on Instagram, as well.