*I see her break Alozie’s record soon – Soetan
Oluwatobiloba Amusan, Nigeria’s petite 100 metres hurdler will turn professional. This move has been hailed by Olalekan Soetan, a Lagos-based athletics statistician, who opined that with the form she is, he was optimistic that, the record set by Glory Alozie, will soon be crashed.
Soetan feels strongly that Amusan was ripe to rise to the next level, especially as she has now gone professional.
Amusan’s time in her professional debut for Adidas at the Martin Luther King NCAA Invitational ignited the professional analysis of the hurdler and her threat to smash the national record in the event.
Soetan said: “Tobi is ready to challenge the other athletes in the world, the fact that she has gone professional is enough reason to be happy for her. My prayer is for her to go through without any injury.”
Amusan, who ran in the 60m hurdles, came first with a time of 7.95 seconds, few seconds ahead of Dior Hall from University of Southern California who ran 7.98secs.
The World Championships semi-finalist opened her professional debut by clocking an impressive Personal Best of 7.89secs in the semi-finals at the event.
Soetan, also a vertical and horizontal jumps Coach, said that he was optimistic that Amusan, with consistency, would surpass the record of 7.82 secs set by Alozie.
He said: “The 7.82 secs Alozie set is a small task for Tobi. She will take it down to 7.60 secs in due course. She did too many races in 2017, more than 45 performances.
“For someone who ran less than 10 races per season back home, to run many races in 2017 and still run a sub-13 sec at the World Championships, shows that she can only get better.
“Even with lesser appearances, in fact, ‘gainful’ ones at her own convenience. It’s a huge congratulation to our golden girl on her going professional.”
Amusan’s Personal Best is now ranked number two on the 2018 world list, number two on the all-time list in Africa and Nigeria, which is just behind Alozie’s African and Nigerian ranking.