Nigerian Athlete Tobi Amusan on Sunday, July 24, set a new 100m hurdles world record with a stunning record time of 12.12 seconds at the semifinals in Eugene, Oregon.
Two hours later, the 25-year-old who ran a new African record of 12.40 seconds in Saturday’s heats, emerged the first Nigerian ever to win gold at the World Athletics Championships after racing to a stunning world record time of 12.06s.
Amusan who is the current Commonwealth Champion beat Jamaica’s Britany Anderson who finished second and Olympic Champion from Cuba, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn who came third.
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Amusan, who was fourth at the Tokyo Olympics and the last worlds in 2019, also became the first Nigerian athlete to ever set a World Record in any event.
It will also be the first time the Nigerian anthem would be played over the public address system during medal presentation as the winner of an event.
World Athletics on it’s Twitter handles wrote: “Continuing to put our pledges towards greater gender equality into practice. #WeGrowAthletics by proudly funding the women’s world record programme at #WorldAthleticsChamps.”
The athlete walked away with a cheque of $100,000.
SHE DID IT ‼️
After breaking the world record in the semis, Tobi Amusan 🇳🇬 storms to world 100m
hurdles title in the final 🥇— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) July 25, 2022
12.06 (+2.5 m/s)!#WorldAthleticsChamps pic.twitter.com/63ARrU15YK