Tobi Amusan of Nigeria Breaks Record, Wins 100m Hurdles Gold Medal

Tobi Amusan

Tobi Amusan surged to victory in the women’s 100-meter hurdles on Sunday in Oregon, becoming the first Nigerian athlete to win a gold medal at a World Athletics Championship. 

Tobi Amusan crossed the finish line at Hayward Field in 12.06 seconds after shattering the world record in an astounding semifinal with a time of 12.12 seconds. 

However, a strong following win of 2.5 meters per second means that her winning time will not recognize as a world record.  

Britany Anderson of Jamaica won silver in 12.23 seconds, while Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico, an Olympic champion, won bronze in 12.23. 

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In the semi-finals, Tobi Amusan broke the previous record, which was held by American Keni Harrison and stood at 12.20 seconds from 2016.  

“Honestly, I believe in my abilities but I was not expecting a world record at these championships,” Amusan said after her final victory. “The goal is always just to execute well and get the win. So the world record is a bonus. I knew I had it in me but I could not believe it when I saw it on the screen after the semis. 

“Before the final, I just tried to stay calm and to do my best. I took a deep breath knowing that I have some goal to accomplish and it worked pretty good. I knew it was very fast but not this fast.” 


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