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Nigeria’s Tobiloba Amusan has been named Africa’s Best Female Athlete for the Year 2022, a latest honour conferred on her on Tuesday by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA).

With the feat, Amusan has been above his contemporaries which include Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon and Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey who are both world champions in the 1500m and 10.00m who were ranked second and third respectively behind Amusan

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The Nigerian started 2022 with a successful defence of her African Championships title in Mauritius in early June, thereafter moved to Paris to improve on her 12.42 seconds African record as she ran 12.41 seconds at the Diamond League meeting in Paris.

Amusan won the Diamond League trophy for the second successive season, highlighting her rating as one of the world’s best and Africa’s undisputed number one at the moment.

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The athlete will be proud of her unprecedented feats in the period under review despite failing to claim the global accolade of the World female Athlete of the year won by America’s Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone

Amusan at the All Nigerian Championships in Benin City, Edo State, effortlessly erased the 12.63 seconds record set in 1997 by Angela Atede as she won another national title for herself, having run an impressive 12.58 seconds.

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The biggest record and moment for Amusan was in Eugene, Oregon where she produced one of the biggest surprises of the World Championships, and sped to a world record 12.12 seconds in the semifinals of the 100m hurdles, following it with a wind-assisted 12.06 seconds in the final to win gold.


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