2. Tobi Amusan

From one record breaker to another, but this time around, the focus is on a hurdler who stunned the Athletics world with her astonishing performances, especially within the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) in the USA.

Amusan set a string of Personal Bests (PB) from her major event the 100m Hurdles, to the 100m, 200m and even the Long Jump. All these were done as a Freshman at the University Of Texas, El Paso (UTEP).

She kicked off her stellar season indoors when she won the Conference USA 60m Hurdles Title in 8.23s, the third best time in her school’s history. Later on she was named Freshman of the Meet and High Point Scorer at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships after winning the 100m Hurdles, 200m and finishing 2nd in the Long Jump in PB’s of 13.06s, 23.27s and 6.06m respectively.

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Amusan was one of the best hurdlers in 2016 NCAA season. Photo Credit: Facebook

Already gaining recognition in USA and becoming a threat to other NCAA athletes, Amusan proved her mettle once again by winning a Silver medal in the NCAA Division 1 Track and Field Championships, after clocking a wind-assisted time of 12.79s, finishing ahead of tournament favourite Cindy Ofili. She was subsequently named Conference USA Track Athlete of the Year (female).

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Amusan receiving her Confrence USA Track and Field athlete of the year. Photo Credit: UTEP Track & Field/Cross Country

This feat came weeks after she broke 13s for the first time in her career at the UTEP Invitational where she clocked 12.83s to shatter her school’s 33-year old record of 12.95s. The time is the African Junior Record (AJR) and ranks second on the all-time list.

Brimming with much confidence ahead of the World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland as the World Junior Leader, Amusan ran then second fastest time of her life, clocking 12.95s to place 5th after having an arm infringement with the athlete on the right side of her lane, which totally altered her momentum.

Tobi Amusan

The 19-year old shrugged off this disappointment at the Olympic Games where she only missed the final of her event by a whisker, placing 3rd in the semifinals with an impressive time of 12.91s. Her achievements throughout the course of the year, and semifinal exit in Rio, secured her the No.2 position on our list.

Funmi Fameso is a Junior Sports Writer at Making of Champions. She is a 2012 Graduate of Lagos State University, where she obtained a BSc in Microbiology. She worked as a Health Centre Laboratory Assistant during her NYSC year and since then she has worked as a Junior Sports Writer for her church’s youth magazine, Kingsword Youth Club Magazine. It was watching the Sydney 2000 Olympics that ignited her passion of sports, most especially Athletics. Sports means three things to her: Passion, Hard Work and Dedication!


  1. Huge congratulations to all the athletes. A massive well done to Divine Oduduru and Ese Brume. May God help you both and of course the other athletes mentioned and not mentioned to soar even higher in 2017. God bless you all. Amen!


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