UTEP Hurdler Tobi Amusan Excited about Competing at Summer Olympics in Rio
What a crazy six months it has been for Tobi Amusan. Since arriving in El Paso for her native Nigeria, the freshman dominated CUSA in the hurdles and she was named Athlete of the Year in the conference. Amusan joins Blessing Okagbare as the only two UTEP athletes ever to win the prestigious honor from CUSA since they joined the league in 2006.
It will be a busy next few weeks for Amusan. She will be headed to Bydgoszcz, Poland for the World Junior Championships July 19-24. Then, she will be traveling to Rio to represent Nigeria at the Summer Olympic games in Rio. Amusan and her assistant coach Lacena Golding Clarke stopped by our studios last Friday to talk about her incredible outdoor season at UTEP and her opportunity to win a gold medal in Rio.
Interestingly enough, the UTEP freshman sensation told us that she is more focused on the World Junior Championships than the Olympics because she is the top seed in the competition. As for Rio, Amusan is more relaxed knowing that she has nothing to lose. Do not let that attitude fool you, since she will not be happy with anything other than a gold medal. We were very impressed with the focus, determination, and competitiveness of the young UTEP track star. There is no doubt that Amusan will rewrite the record books before her college career comes to an end.