New World Record Runner, Tobi Amusan, A Nigerian, Disclosed The Hurdles She Overcame At Home To Become The World’s Champion: [Read her own brief narration]

      New World Record Runner, Tobi Amusan, A Nigerian, Disclosed The Hurdles She Overcame At Home To Become The World’s Champion: [Read her own brief narration]

      What trouble are you giving your wards over their dreams and talents

      Children, don’t give up but with advice and guidance.

      The new 100m world champion discloses the major challenges she has to overcome, especially at home, to become even an athlete.

      The Nigerian athlete who placed fourth (4th) at the 2019 athletics championships also placed fourth at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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      The 25-year-old athlete who stormed to victory in the 100m hurdles race with a time of 12.12 seconds disclosed that her first and major hurdle to surmount was convincing her father to become an athlete. She still remembers her father burning her training gear as a way to register his disapproval, Tobi Amusan said.

      “My parents are both teachers, they are strict disciplinarians,” Amusan told BBC Africa Sports

      “When you grow up in such a family, they feel you should focus on school. And being a female, they think you are going to go astray, lose focus and all of that.

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      “But because my mum saw what I didn’t see [in] myself, she felt she could give me a chance. And she kept telling me not to disappoint her.

      “My mum would tell my dad I was going to church while I sneaked to practice or tell him I was going to a school debate while I went to an out-of-state competition. That’s where it all started.

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      “My dad got really mad one time when he found out [I was running]. He burnt all my training gear and told my mum that’s the last time he wanted to see me in a stadium.”

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