Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan in the early hours of Monday, July 25, won her maiden gold and made history as she broke the women’s 100m hurdles world record at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Tobi Amusan ran an incredible 12.40 seconds in her opening performance to set a new African record and Nigeria’s fastest time in the history of the competition.
Amusan finished in 12.06 seconds in the final which would have broken her new world record, but her new record was ineligible as the wind speed was over legal limit.
“The goal was to go out and to win this gold medal,” the 25-year-old said.
The Nigerian athlete showed great determination to end Nigeria’s medal drought at the World Championships, having held nothing back in the semis, just a day after setting the African record in the opening heats.
For Amusan, it was an emotional moment on the podium as she sang along to the Nigerian national anthem.
This marked the first time since the year 2000 that the Nigerian national anthem was played at a senior athletic championship event.
As she stood on the podium, she received her $100,000 cheque for her efforts in breaking a world record.
Tobi Amusan has done it again!!!
Another World Record!!!
Nigeria’s first ever World Title!! pic.twitter.com/gjIQIWnqDi
— Optimus Maximus (@femii_p) July 25, 2022