Following her victory at the Diamond League in Eugene, Oregon, United States on Sunday night, Tobiloba Amusan, the World Record holder in the 100m hurdles, emphasized the need for some well-deserved ‘rest’.
Amusan, representing Nigeria, achieved a Season Best time of 12.33 seconds as she successfully defended her Diamond League title at the Prefontaine Classic Hayward Field.
Right now, I just want to rest. I’m just grateful to God; that is all I can say this season,” Amusan stated.
‘This win is not about me. It is for my coach, my family, and everyone who supported me throughout this year. It has been a rough one, and I’m just thankful.’
Amidst the spotlight following her 6th place finish at the World Championships in Budapest, all eyes were on Tobiloba Amusan for a triumphant comeback. True to her moniker ‘Tobi Express,’ she swiftly dispelled any doubts, showcasing that the setback was merely a momentary blip.
The 26-year-old sprinter crossed the finish line victoriously ahead of her competitors, Camacho-Quinn (12.38) and Kendra Harrison (12.44), securing her third consecutive Diamond League title in a spectacular manner.
An exhilarated Tobiloba Amusan revealed her pre-race mindset, stating she approached the race with the belief that winning was within her grasp. Grateful to God, she attributed her success on the Eugene track, a place she felt a strong connection to.
“I came out here and said it’s my race to lose, and I will give my all. I said it’s 200 or nothing. So, I came out here and told God to give me strength.
“I said this racing track in Eugene is God’s track. I came here, and I’m like, this is my track. I’m going to dominate, and God did just that.”
Tobiloba Amusan, from Ogun State and holding the current Commonwealth, Africa, and Nigeria records, has successfully secured the Diamond League title in consecutive years—2021, 2022, and now in 2023.
In a recent development, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has taken action by filing an appeal on September 15, 2023, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) challenging the decision made by the Disciplinary Tribunal on August 17, 2023. The tribunal ruled that Tobi Amusan was not in violation of anti-doping rules for Whereabouts Failures.
Amusan was absolved of the whereabouts failures charge by the Disciplinary Tribunal just before the World Athletics Championships last month, as two out of the three charges filed against her by the AIU were dismissed.