September 27, 2023
Tobi Amusan of Team Nigeria celebrates a new Games Record next to the time board after winning the gold medal in the Women’s 100m Hurdles Final in Birmingham: Getty Images)

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan has been nominated for the Women’s World Athlete of Year award.

Reigning 100m hurdles world champion, Amusan, will battle for the prestigious award alongside 100m world champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce; American 400m hurdles gold medallist Sydney McLaughlin; Venezuelan triple jump world record holder Yulimar Rojas and Peruvian race walk double champion Kimberly Garcia, who won Peru’s first ever World Championship medal.

Sensational Amusan took the world by storm at the World Athletics Championship held in Eugene, Oregon in July when she, in the semi-final, returned in a time of 12.12 seconds to set a new world record.

The Ijebu Girl also at this year’s Commonwealth Games, Birmingham 2022 retained the 100m hurdles title she won four years ago when she returned in a time of 12.30secs.

Amusan, 25, is also the current Diamond League and African 100m hurdles champion.

The graduate of …. from the University of Texas became the first athlete to win the gold for Nigeria in the world championship.

Another contender for the Women’s Athlete of the Year award remains

Fraser-Pryce, 35, who won a record fifth world 100m title this year, as the feat boosts her claim to be regarded as the best women’s sprinter of all time.

The Jamaican track legend also ran the fourth-fastest ever women’s 100m of 10.62 seconds at the Diamond League in Monaco, in a season which yielded a record seven sub-10.70 times.

Meanwhile, American 200m world champion, Noah Lyles, will contend with four others for the Men’s World Athlete of the Year award.

Norway’s distance runner, Jakob Ingebrigtsen; Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis; Steeplechase king Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco and Kenya’s world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge complete the list of nominees for the award.

The winners in both categories will be announced by the World Athletics next month.

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