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Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan Breaks Record To Win 100m Hurdles Gold

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.

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 be recognized 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.

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

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“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.”

Harrison, who had been left in Amusan’s wake in the semifinal, was once more given the cold shoulder by the Nigerian in the championship.

After clearing the first obstacle, Amusan was in great shape and quickly built a significant lead before pulling away in front of Anderson and the rapidly closing Camacho-Quinn.

AFP

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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.

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 be recognized 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.

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

READ MORE: South Africa Win First Ever WAFCON

“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.”

Harrison, who had been left in Amusan’s wake in the semifinal, was once more given the cold shoulder by the Nigerian in the championship.

After clearing the first obstacle, Amusan was in great shape and quickly built a significant lead before pulling away in front of Anderson and the rapidly closing Camacho-Quinn.

AFP

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