World Championships: Tobi Amusan smashes 100m hurdles world record, becomes first Nigerian to ever win gold
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.
Her time beats the 12.20 seconds set by American Kendra Harrison, who finished second behind Amusan, in 2016. It’s the largest time drop for a world record in the event in 42 years.
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.