World Athletics Championship: Buhari celebrates track superstar, Amusan

World Athletics Championship: Buhari celebrates track superstar, Amusan

By Ismaila Chafe,Abuja.


President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed heartfelt congratulations to Tobi Amusan for winning the women’s 100m hurdles gold for Nigeria at the World Athletics Championship 2022.


He noted that Amusan had set a new world record in the semi-finals of the athletic event, while becoming the first Nigerian to win gold in the World Athletics Championship event.


In a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Monday in Abuja, the president joined millions of Nigerians in celebrating the outstanding feat by a compatriot and two-time African Games champion, “who in one night stunned the athletics world with her superlative and stellar performance”.


Amusan, 25, made history as the first Nigerian to win a world title and set an unprecedented world record in one day.


Amusan first ran a blistering 12:12 seconds to shatter the world record of 12:20 seconds set by Kendra Harrison of U. S. in the semi-finals, and then followed up with a (+2.5) wind assisted 12.06s in the final.


The president thanked the track superstar for making “the Nigerian national anthem to resonate again from the international podium, leaving the nation with the excitement and unforgettable memories of tears of joy and triumph; hope and victory; incredulity and belief.”


According to him, the legendary career and achievements of Amusan will continue to inspire upcoming generations of Nigerian athletes to achieve spectacular success.


Besides, Buhari commended Ese Brume for representing Nigeria with honour and pride, winning silver medal in the Women’s long jump event.


The president lauded Team Nigeria for “displaying courage, integrity and good sportsmanship at the world stage, proving that with hard work and determination, success is achievable”.

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