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2023 Laureus Award: Tobi Amusan gets nomination

Tobi Amusan gets Laureus Nomination

World 100m hurdles record holder Tobi Amusan, has been nominated for the 2023 Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award.

The 25-year-old world hurdles champion got nominated alongside five others as organisers released the list on Monday.

The award, which was launched in 1999, is aimed at honouring individuals and teams from the sporting world with their achievements throughout the year under review.

Other contenders for the prize are Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz, the US duo of Scottie Scheffler and Nathan Chen, and the Moroccan national team.                                                   

Amusan is the first Nigerian to be nominated for the award.

The track queen from Nigeria had a breakthrough year in 2022 when she became the first Nigerian to be crowned world champion after storming to a sensational 12.06 seconds in the 110m hurdles final but a strong in-race tailwind which was higher than allowed meant it was not acknowledged.

But she consolidated her feat with a gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games before retaining her Diamond League title to put a brilliant wrap on her season.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas