How My Dad Frustrated Me During My Early Days In Sport -World Record Holder Tobi Amusan Reveals

Date: 27-07-2022 11:00 pm (2 weeks ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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Nigerian sprinter, Tobi Amusan has brought to public knowledge how her father frustrated her efforts during her early days in the sport.

Amusan, who broke a world record early Monday at the World Athletics Championships holding in Oregon, USA, said her father burnt her training gear at one time.

The 25-year-old clinched the goal medal in the women’s 100m hurdles event, but had earlier clinched a world record 12.12 seconds in the semi-finals.

She also becomes the first Nigerian to win a world championship gold medal, as the country’s national anthem was played at the championships for the first time ever.

Speaking to BBC Sport Africa, Amusan recounted her experience while growing up in her parents’ house.

“My parents are both teachers, they are strict disciplinarians,” Amusan said.
“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.

“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.

“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.”

Amusan had finished in fourth place at the 2019 World Athletics Championships as well as at the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but her persistence finally gave her a crown.

She added: “I go out there and put 100% in every championship and it’s just never enough. Every time it’s a fourth-place finish.

“Then this time my 100% is not only a gold medal but a world record. Trusting myself just made everything easier. I’m thankful to the man above for keeping me healthy. When God says it’s your time, it’s your time.”

Meanwhile, several reactions have trailed Amusan’s tweet from November 2016, which reads: “Unknown now but soon I will be unforgettable, I will persist until I succeed.”

The tweet has remained pinned to the top of her social media profile and provides a summary of her rise to glory.


Posted: at 27-07-2022 11:00 PM (2 weeks ago) | Hero
- kima77same at 27-07-2022 11:21 PM (2 weeks ago)
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What did you gain by bringing your father to social media to tell the whole world about going into sport?
Posted: at 27-07-2022 11:21 PM (2 weeks ago) | Gistmaniac
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- gogoman at 27-07-2022 11:51 PM (2 weeks ago)
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Quote from: kima77same on 27-07-2022 11:21 PM
What did you gain by bringing your father to social media to tell the whole world about going into sport?


That woman for you!! it is always men's fault
Posted: at 27-07-2022 11:51 PM (2 weeks ago) | Addicted Hero
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- maxzy277 at 28-07-2022 03:46 AM (2 weeks ago)
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Try not to bring your family issues to social media pls
Posted: at 28-07-2022 03:46 AM (2 weeks ago) | Gistmaniac
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- nametalkam at 28-07-2022 06:01 AM (2 weeks ago)
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Nigerian Macho dads out in full force

Posted: at 28-07-2022 06:01 AM (2 weeks ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Baye77 at 28-07-2022 06:38 AM (2 weeks ago)
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Congratulations to Tobi Amusan, all the best ahead.
One thing she and we all have to know is that most times, most parents do what they feel is best for us to succeed. I don't see the need to bring her dad out on the media because those days, not only her dad, almost all African parents would give their kids serious beating if they ever hear that they play with their studies because of sports.
Posted: at 28-07-2022 06:38 AM (2 weeks ago) | Hero
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- nikiniki at 28-07-2022 01:46 PM (2 weeks ago)
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Her father did what was right for her...I hope she has a degree and other interests apart from running because with one injury, it is all over!
Posted: at 28-07-2022 01:46 PM (2 weeks ago) | Gistmaniac
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