Oluwatobiloba Amusan, the current world, Commonwealth, and Nigerian 100-meter hurdles champion, will be competing today in Zurich, the site of the 2022 Diamond League final, with hopes of capturing the last major outdoor championship and reclaiming the coveted Diamond Trophy.
The Diamond League title served as the start of the Nigerian’s remarkable career on the track when she won the high hurdles in Zurich in 12.42 seconds, an African record.
She accomplished that accomplishment, becoming the first athlete from Nigeria to win a Diamond League discipline in the final and be named the Diamond League champion for the year.
Since his remarkable race in September of last year in Zurich, the 25-year-old has not turned back.
Prior to traveling to Paris to break her 12.42-second African record, she began the year 2022 by successfully defending her African Championships title there in early June.
Amusan broke Angela Atede’s 1997 record of 12.63 seconds for the Nigerian Championships in Lagos by clocking 12.41 seconds in the Diamond League event in Paris before storming Edo City in Nigeria.
Before competing on the largest platform in sports history to become immortal, the current African champion raced 12.58 seconds to add the record to her collection.
When Amusan stormed to a world record of 12.12 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles semifinals and followed it up with a wind-assisted 12.06 seconds in the final to win gold, she provided one of the greatest shocks of the World Championships.
The Nigerian went on to win the Commonwealth Games title in a time that set a new record for the Games—12.30 seconds—becoming the first track and field athlete from Nigeria to successfully defend an individual championship at the Games in the process.
Amusan will try to accomplish the assignment by successfully retaining her Diamond League title today.
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico, the current Olympic champion, will go off against her, and she is unbeaten since taking home the bronze at the World Championships in Oregon.
At the Diamond League matches in Lausanne and Stockholm, the Puerto Rican beat Amusan. She also won in Silesia and Brussels (when she raced a new personal best lifetime time of 12.27 seconds), breaking meeting records at all three of the most recent competitions.
Additionally, Olympic silver medalist and former world record holder Kendra Harrison, Olympic indoor silver medalist Devynne Charlton, Britany Anderson, and 2019 world champion Nia Ali will compete against Amusan.