Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan Wins Gold At World Athletics Championships

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Track and field athlete Tobi Amusan has become the first Nigerian to win Gold in the history of the World Championships, blazing to a superb 12.06s in the 100m Hurdles event on Monday in what was initially announced as a World Record, but was later ruled ineligible as the wind speed exceeded the legal limit.

Amusan broke the World Record earlier on Sunday by running 12.12m in the semi-final at Hayward Field.

The Nigerian recovered from a slightly slower start to put on a pristine performance over the barriers, .17 seconds clear of silver medallist Britany Anderson of Jamaica.

“The goal was to come out and to win this gold,” said new 100m Hurdles champion Amusan.

“I believe in my abilities but I was not expecting a world record at these championships. You know, the goal is always just to execute well and get the win. So the world record is a bonus.”

Puerto Rico’s Olympic champion Camacho-Quinn accelerated at the midway mark but lost a close battle with Anderson over the final strides after hitting the last hurdle, going home with bronze in her first World Championships.

Before the 100m hurdles final, Amusan earlier shattered the World Record (WR) in the first semifinal of the Women’s 100mH, running an absolutely stunning 12.12s.

The reigning Commonwealth Games Champion, Amusan, has been in blistering form coming into the Oregon 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene.

Amusan will look to continue soaring at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

 

Chidi Nwoke/World Athletics.

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