The Nigerian duo of Hurdler Tobi Amusan and Long Jumper Ese Brume have maintained their global acclaim after both women made significant advances in the World Athlete Women chart.
Tobi Amusan climbed 38 places in a year to reach fifth place in the rankings, a massive leap from 43rd place in September 2021.
In the last four months, the 25-year-old hurdler has been incredible.
Amusan won two gold medals for Nigeria at the 2022 African Championships in Athletics in Mauritius in June before heading to the United States to make history at the 2022 World Athletics Championships.
She set a new World Record with a time of 12.12 seconds to win gold in the 100m hurdles at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, becoming Nigeria’s first World Champion.
She also successfully defended her Commonwealth Games 100m hurdles title in 2022, setting a new games record of 12.30s in the process.
In Zurich, Switzerland, the World Champion also defended her Diamond League 100m hurdles title.
Meanwhile, her compatriot and Olympic bronze medalist Brume rose from 93rd to 61st position in the rankings during the same time period. She climbed 32 spots to become the second-highest ranked Nigerian on the list.
Ese Brume has been one of the most consistent Nigerian athlete in recent years, and she can always be counted on to bring home a medal for her country.
She won a bronze medal for Nigeria at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, which were postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and she has continued to impress since then.
Brume won Nigeria’s only medal at the 2022 World Athletics Indoor Championships, a silver medal.
Months later, she went on to win a silver medal at the World Athletics Championships, becoming the first African to win two long jump medals in the competition’s history.
During the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the 26-year-old athlete won gold in the women’s long jump with a 7.0m leap, breaking the game record in the event.
President Muhammadu Buhari bestowed the Order of the Niger (OON) and a cash reward of N4.5 million each on Amusan and Brume during a State House visit on Thursday.