Minister of Youth and sports Development Sunday Dare has commended Tobi Amusan despite finishing 4th in the women’s 100m hurdles final yesterday.
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn sped to the women’s 100 hurdles title in Tokyo and became the second Puerto Rican to ever win gold medal. The 24-year-old clocked a time of 12.37 seconds at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, followed home by the USA’s Kendra Harrison.
In a tight finish for the silver medal, the world No. 2 crossed the line in 12.52, just 0.03 ahead of Jamaica’s Megan Tapper, who took home the bronze.
Though Amusan finished fourth at 12.60, she was commended for her efforts by the impressed minister: “Tobi Amusan still remains one of Nigeria’s greatest competitors in athletics. She gave a good account of herself. We celebrate her exploits.
“The important thing to note is that many of our top athletes made it and are still making it to the finals in many events particularly here at the Olympics; a competition of huge magnitude where winners are separated in milliseconds.
“This in itself is an achievement and proof that we are in the committee of the best in respect to many sports in the world.
“This is a new and young generation that will be world beaters anyhow. We still hold hopes for medals in the remaining events we are taking part in,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Camacho-Quinn did not improve on the Olympic record of 12.26 she set in the semi-finals, but she did win the first athletics gold in Puerto Rico’s history and the country’s second-ever medal.
The medal was a kind of absolution for Camacho-Quinn, whose first Olympic experience was a heart-breaking one – she was disqualified in 2016.