1 Tobi Amusan on Sunday won gold in the Women’s 100 metres hurdles at the ongoing World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA.
4 Amusan first ran a blistering 12:12 seconds to shatter the world record of 12:20 seconds set by Kendra Harrison of U.
6 in the semi-finals.
She then followed up with a (+2.5) wind assisted 12.06s in the final.
It was a race of contrasting emotions as former champion was disqualified as her race came to an humiliating end, while Jamaica’s Brittany Anderson (12.23 secs) and Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho Quinn (12.23) settled for the silver and bronze respectively.
But as brilliant as their effort was, they all played second fiddle to Amusan who ran on lane four and became the first Nigerian to win a world title and an unprecedented world record in one evening.
The time in the final would however not be recognised as it was deemed to be well over the legal +2.0 wind assist allowed in Athletics
The latest feat served as a big consolation for Amusan after a disappointing Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where she narrowly lost the bronze medal to Jamaica’s Megan Tapper, when she placed fourth.
The record breaking feat also enriched Amusan’s purse with 100,000 dollars (N165 million) as bonus from the organisers.
Team Nigeria would go on to celebrate another podium finish in the Long Jump, with Ese Brume’s extraordinary effort.
Brazil’s Oro Melo settled for Bronze with 6.89m jump.
NAN also reports that Brume won a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.