By Abdulafeez Olaitan
Nigerian Athlete Tobi Amusan has won Nigeria’s first ever World Championship gold, setting the World Record twice in a row.
Earlier on Sunday, Amusan broke the world record in the semi-final at Hayward Field, clocking 12.12 seconds. Although, her 12.06-second performance was initially announced as a world record, it was later ruled ineligible as the wind speed exceeded the legal limit.
Her victory at the 100 metres hurdles final at the World Championships held in Eugene, United States, cements her legacy, becoming the first athlete from Nigeria to win gold at such an event.
In the final, the 25-year-old recovered from a slightly slower start to put on a pristine performance over the barriers, 0.17 seconds clear of silver medallist Britany Anderson of Jamaica.
“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,” said a delighted Amusan.
The World Record holder walked away with a cheque of $100,000 for winning Gold in the final of the women’s 100m hurdles event in Eugene, Oregon where she also smashed her own record she set in the semi-final.
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.