Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan won the gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdles final in a ‘world record time’, albeit windy, 12.06 (+2.5) at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22.
Amusan had already become the first Nigerian woman to set a world record,clocking 12.12 (0.9m/s) in the semi-finals earlier in the evening,
She advanced to the finals with that world-record time, beating Kendra Harrison of the United States’ record, which had stood since 2016, by .08 of a second.
Less than two hours later, Amusan came back for the final and ran another spectacular race to secure her first global gold medal and the first ever for Nigeria at a World Championships.
“I believe in my abilities, but I was not expecting a world record at these championships,” said Amusan.
“You know, 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.”
Just the day before, Amusan set an African record and a personal best of 12.40 seconds in the first round heats.