Nigerian athlete


Dear Tobi Amusan,

As I watched you give your all in that race, your determination and tenacity shone brighter than ever. Despite the challenges that tried to break you mentally, physically, and emotionally, you stood strong like a tree planted by the river, as described in Jeremiah 17:7-8. Your journey is a testament to the power of resilience and the unwavering spirit of a true champion.

Over the past month, you faced setbacks and hurdles, but you didn’t let them deter you. You made it to the final against all odds, and your presence on that track was a remarkable feat in itself. The fire of your determination blazed in your eyes when you confidently told the journalist that you’ll be back next year, even stronger and more resolute.

Your journey has not only inspired millions of Nigerians but also people all around the world. Your example is a beacon of hope for young women everywhere. Through your actions, you’ve shown them that no matter the challenges they face, they can aspire and never give up. You’ve illuminated the path for others to follow, demonstrating that obstacles are no match for a determined heart.

To every young woman out there, remember this: in moments when those around you can’t handle your light or comprehend the grace you carry, share the story of Tobi Amusan. When circumstances conspire to push you out of your comfort zone, remind them that if Tobi could rise above it, so can you. When people judge your capabilities based on where you’re from, let them know that purpose knows no boundaries—it only understands grace.

Tobi Amusan

And when anyone doubts your integrity or the potential for greatness within you, introduce them to Tobi’s unwavering integrity even in the face of scrutiny. When your dreams are belittled as unrealistic, point them to this black woman who silenced her doubters time and again.

Tobi Amusan, you embody the essence of doggedness and determination. You wear the face of a true champion—the face of our champion. As you stand tall, you remind us all that every setback is an opportunity for a comeback, and every challenge is a chance to shine brighter.

Nigeria’s track queen  Blessing Okagbare ran an impressive 10.98 seconds to win the 100m women’s event at the P-T-S Meeting in Samorin, the Slovak Republic. Blessing Okagbare’s winning time was a Meet Record.

Okagbare’s win was a historic feat as no woman has ever run under 11 seconds in the competition held in the Eastern European country. She was pleased after dipping within 11 seconds for the third time this season.

An excited Okagbare hinted that she was delighted to be the winner and also honoured to be the first woman ever to run under 11 seconds at the P-T-S Meeting.

The seven time Nigerian 100 metres champion ran  10.98 seconds to win in the race, smashing the 11.09 seconds meeting record set in June 1983 by Czech Republic icon, Jarmila Kratochvilova.

Blessing Okagbare Sets New 100m Meet Record in Slovakia

Okagbare broke the 11 seconds barrier for the first time in her career at the Crystal Palace Aviva London Grand Prix in London, on the 14th of July 2012; where she ran 10.99 seconds. In 2013, she broke 11 seconds thrice with two of them in a historic fashion. She started the season with a huge but wind-aided to 10.75 seconds in June at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, USA

Fast forward to 2015, Okagbare broke 11 seconds six times, her most in a single season and made it to the 100m final at the World Athletics Championship in Beijing, China.

She ran her first sub-11 seconds of the season at the USTAF invitational in Eugene, Oregon in April before scorching to a 10.90 seconds season’s best at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Doha, Qatar last week.

This feat marks the 21st time Okagbare has run under 11 seconds in her career.

Congratulations are in order.