Retired athletics coach Alaba Ogunde, has disclosed solely instructed The PUNCH how she found world and Commonwealth Video games champion Tobi Amusan.
Amusan despatched the social media into meltdown after she broke the ladies’s 100m hurdles file on the 2022 World Championships in Oregon, US with a shocking semi-final time of 12.12secs to erase Kendra Harrison’s 2016 effort by 0.08secs. She ran sooner within the ultimate, however her 12.06secs was dominated ineligible by an unlawful tailwind.
She continued her spectacular 2022 season on the just-concluded Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham with one other gold medal.
She clocked a blistering 12.30s to smash the Video games’ file on Sunday morning on the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.
The athlete, who hails from Ijebu-Ode, additionally impressed the Nigeria relay group to their first-ever gold medal within the girls’s 4×100 on the Commonwealth Video games.
Amid reviews within the media quoting a coach, who claimed to have found the 25-year-old athlete, the 68-year-old Ogunde, then a workers of the Ogun State Sports activities Council, stated she found Amusan when she was posted to Ijebu Ode in 2005.
“I noticed a number of reviews that Tobi was found by another person, however I need to make it clear that I used to be the one who found her,” Ogunde instructed The PUNCH.
“In 2004 I used to be transferred to Ijebu Ode sports activities council from the headquarters in Abeokuta. I used to be mandated to cowl all areas, together with the agricultural and the city areas, and I go to nearly all the faculties again then.
“In the middle of shifting round, I found so many skills and Tobi was one among them. I additionally found Omotola Kuku and the mentor of Tobi herself, Biola Onakoya, who was a 400m runner and so many others.
“Little doubt, one individual can’t practice a baby, however I used to be the one who observed that Amusan had what it took to turn into a future champion.
“She was a pupil of Our Girls of Apostle in Ijebu Ode and the Video games Grasp then was Adeyemi, although I can’t keep in mind his different title and Dr Adetoye Alatise was the Chairman of Ijebu Ode Native Authorities Space, although he’s now the Oba of Ososa Ijebu, he supported our course for the event of younger skills.
“We had an U-15 athletics competitors in Ogun State and my group gained it for 2 consecutive occasions earlier than being dethroned by Ilaro and Tobi was a part of my success story.”
Ogunde added, “I used to be the top athletics coach in Ijebu Ode again then, and I had so many obligations and other people round me. We do have trials, inter-house sports activities and so many different occasions and I needed to hand over the supervision to one of many trainers generally known as Charlie Baba. He was an apprentice beneath Ayodele Solaja again then.
“He was the one which prompt that we merged all of them with the athletes beneath Solaja and Tobi was excellent in 100m, 200m, excessive leap and lengthy leap. The reality is whoever is nice in all these fields can simply address collaborating in 100m hurdles, as we noticed with Chioma Ajunwa.
“The mentorship has been there earlier than she even met Solaja, however he continued with their improvement.”