Tobi Amusan of Nigeria reacts after winning the women 100m hurdles during the Meeting de Paris, part of the 2022 Diamond League series at Stade Charlety on June 18, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by AFP)
Sports Minister Sunday Dare says Tobi Amusan’s record-breaking run in the 100m hurdles at last week’s Diamond League meeting in Paris is a further testament of Nigeria’s rising profile in sports.
The 25-year-old ran 12.41 seconds to break the nine month old African record she set last year at the Diamond League Final in Zurich.
“Congratulations to Tobi on her new African record. This is a further testament of the rising profile of sports in Nigeria,” said the Minister.
Dare says Amusan’s feat and the recent encouraging performances by Nigerian athletes across the globe are a sign of growth which the Sports Ministry is determined to sustain.
Nigerian track and field athletes, especially those from the 2021 World U20 Athletics Championships in Nairobi, have achieved world-class standards in their respective events with some breaking national records as old as they are.
An under strength Team Nigeria also won 11 medals to finish third at the African Senior Athletics Championships in Mauritius a few days ago.