Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Enoh has congratulated Women’s world 100m hurdles record holder Tobi Amusan for reclaiming her Diamond League title in Eugene, Oregon, United States of America.
Amusan emerged winner in the women’s 100m hurdles of the Diamond League for a third consecutive time at the Prefontaine Classic, Hayward Field, with a season best time of 12.33s.
The Minister said the victory was a beautiful way for Amusan to wind down an athletic season that brought joy, tears and goosebumps stressing that her mental strength and determination are worthy of emulation.
“I join millions of Nigerians globally to felicitate with Tobi Amusan on a deserved win at the Diamond League. The victory is one that will restore her confidence after the difficult ordeal she passed through this year. Even though she lost the World Championship title, she won our hearts in Budapest. I am glad that she was able to overcome all of the challenges to defend her crown for the third consecutive time.”
“I urge Tobi and other Nigerian athletes to reflect on this season, applaud themselves for their hard work and look towards the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has utmost commitment to sports and the President will stand by all Nigerian athletes, who are fighting hard to represent the country at the international stage.”
Amusan emerged champion after competing in a winner of the keenly contested 100m hurdles event with, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Kendra Harrison, Danielle Williams and others.
Eugene, Oregon is the same track where she won last year Diamond League by breaking the world record with a time of 12.12s.
The Nigerian is the second woman in the history of the Diamond League to clinch three 100m hurdles titles in a row, equalling the record of Dawn Nelson-Harper.
The Minister also congratulated long jumper, Ese Brume, for her silver medal achievement in the long jump category in the Diamond league.
Brume came close to winning her first Diamond League title after leaping a joint heights jump of 6.85m with Ivana Vuketa.
She however lost to the Serbian due to a low second next best mark of 6.69m.
The Minister lauded Brume for finishing strong, despite missing out of first place, saying;
“Ese Brume has continued to make us proud time and again. From the Olympics, to the Commonwealth Games, to Diamond Leagues, Ese has consistently ranked amongst the top athletes in her sports, globally.”
“While it is disappointing that she narrowly missed out on the Diamond League title, I want to state that the country remains proud of her achievements. I am sure that she will bounce back and take her rightful place. I urge her and other athletes likewise to stay focused on the bigger picture as we draw closer to the 2024 Olympic Games.” He added.
Brume won silver medals at the 2022 World Athletics Championships and World Indoor Championships in Eugene.
Written by: Godstime Egelege-Idama
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