Tobi Amusan the World champion and record holder in the 100m women’s hurdles Shared her stories of consider quitting sport after being left out of the women’s relay team back at 2013 Africa Youth in Warri.
She won bronze instead in the long jump, but she frustrated with the way officials selects athletes for events.
Her disappointment turned blessing after some coaches advised her to switch sides with the less attractive hurdles event, after several attempts she put up to become the world champion on Monday morning.
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Amusan said in her interview, “The officials were always picking who they wanted in the relay team. Sometimes They would pick their favorite saying i didn’t have the experience.
I considered quitting as a young athlete, i really wished to travel with the senior team and some coaches told me to try the hurdles.
Even as a hurdler, i have to overcome doubts from officials, before winning my first senior hurdles title at the African games in Congo – Brazzaville in 2015.
She said The Nigerian Approach is typically to make you feel like you cannot make it.
There were many so many voices saying that i couldn’t but i show that i could by winning the title.
My career began when I got scholarships to the united states, I never dream of going to the US. I just want to be one of the Nigerian legends and one of the fastest runner.
I have not looked back since moving to attend the University of Texas, El Paso.
She won gold in the 100m hurdles at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, and later the same year took her first African Championships title on home soil in Asaba.
Three years ago she finish fourth at the World Championship in Doha and then last year again in Tokyo.
She said “2019 was tough because I remember running the fastest time in the qualification rounds, around the same time in the semi-finals and the same time in the final,” she said.
“I ran so fast but wasn’t fast enough to get a medal. I was broken, I was devastated. That was one of the most horrible experiences.