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Tobi Amusan nominated for Laureus Sports Award

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Nigerian athlete, Tobi Amusan has been nominated for the Laureus Sports Award in the Breakthrough of the Year category, along with five other athletes.

She becomes the first Nigerian sportswoman to be considered for the world’s most prestigious sporting award, following Vitalis Lanshima’s nomination in the Sportsperson with a Disability category in 2004, which he lost to a Canadian.

The coveted award honours the year’s best and most inspirational sporting victories and highlights the efforts of Laureus Sport for good.

In 2022, Amusan became Nigeria’s first World Record (WR) holder in any track and field event, after racing to an exceptional 12.12s to win her 100m Hurdles semi-final race at the World Championships in Oregon.

She went on to become Nigeria’s first World Champion outdoors by winning the World title in the final, clocking another massive time of 12.06s (2.6m/s). However, the excessive wind reading made the record illegal.

A few weeks after, Amusan added Commonwealth and Diamond League titles in Oregon, clocking record-breaking times of 12.30s (Games Record) and 12.29s (Meeting Record) to successfully defend both titles, making her the first Nigerian athlete in history to achieve such a feat.

Her outstanding performances and iconic feats last year have seen her give the sport a significant facelift in her country and globally, as she’s now one of the most influential sportspeople in Africa.

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