CAA names Tobi Amusan Best Female Athlete in Africa
The Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) named Nigerian Tobi Amusan the Best African Female Athlete of the Year 2022 on Tuesday.
Winner at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham where she set a record and also at the World Championships in Oregon, where he set a new world record of 12.
12s in the hurdles, Amusan has been way above his contemporaries this year.
She also won the Diamond League trophy for the second season in a row, highlighting her rating as one of the best in the world and the undisputed number one in Africa right now.
Faith Kipyegon of Kenya and Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia, both world champions in the 1500m and 1000m, took second and third place respectively behind Amusan, who has enjoyed a phenomenal year.
Earlier this month, Amusan was named the fifth best female athlete in 2022 by World Athletics.
World Athletics ranked each athlete according to the points she accumulated from her performances during the season, using track and field score tables.
The 25-year-old hurdler had a fantastic year and became the first Nigerian world champion in a track and field event when she won the gold medal in the 100m hurdles at the 2022 World Championships, setting the current world record of 12.
12 seconds in the semifinal, followed by 12.
06s in the final.
She also won gold again at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, before retaining her Diamond League Trophy in Zurich with a new record of 12.
The previous record, which stood for 22 years, was held by an American legend, Gail Devers.
World Athletics recently affirmed Amusan’s women’s 100m hurdles world record set at the 2022 World Championships in Oregon, USA.
Amusan also made the shortlist of five finalists for the Female World Athlete of the Year Award.
Jamaican sprint legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce tops the list, followed by her compatriot Sharicka Jackson.
The queen of the Triple Jump from Venezuela, Yulimar Rojas, occupies the third position, and the American Sydney McLaughlin, the fourth.
Femke Bol, a 400m hurdles athlete from the Netherlands, is sixth, Gudaf Tsegay, a runner from Ethiopia, is seventh, Yaroslava Mahuchikh, a high jumper from Ukraine, is eighth, Faith Kipyegon, from Kenya, ninth and the American shot putter Chase Ealey occupies the tenth position.