Nigerian Athlete, Tobi Amusan won the 100m Hurdle Gold medal in just 12.12 seconds and became the first ever Nigerian to win a gold medal in the world Athletics Championship on Sunday.
Tobi Amusan broke the 100m hurdles world record with a stunning semi-final time of 12.12 seconds – before taking gold at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Amusan surpassed the world record in the semi-final by clocking 12.12 seconds, and clocked 12.06 seconds at Hayward Field.
However, her winning time will not be recognized as a world record due to her subsequent win of 2.5 metres per second.
Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico won bronze in 12.23sec, while Britany Anderson of Jamaica took silver.
In the semi-finals, Amusan set a world record of 12.20 seconds, smashing Keni Harrison’s 2016 world record of 12.20 seconds.
“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. she added.
Amusan continued; “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.”