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Tobi Amusan’s World record ruled-out as she writes Nigeria's name in gold

Monday, 25 July 2022 280

Eniola Ajayi, California

 


For the first time ever in the history of World Athletics Championship, Nigeria has won a gold medal courtesy of 25-year-old Tobi Amusan who set two world records just in one night.

Amusan stormed to victory at the 100 metres hurdles final in Eugene, United States, becoming the first Nigerian athlete to achieve such feat. 

The 25-year-old’s 12.06-second performance on Sunday was initially announced as a world record, however, the victory did not set a new mark due to a strong wind of 2.5 metres per second.

For a new record to count, the maximum allowable windspeed is 2.0 metres per second.

 

Amusan had broken the world record earlier in the day by clocking 12.12 seconds in the semi-final at Hayward Field. 

In the final, she recovered from a slightly slower start to put on a pristine performance over the barriers, 0.17 seconds clear of silver medalist Britany Anderson of Jamaica. 

According to Amusan, “The goal was to come out and to win this gold."

“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," Amusan stressed.

Meanwhile, it was really an awesome moment for Nigeria as the emotion-ladden Amusan was full of tears of joy as she stood to sing the Nigeria's national anthem.

 

 

The audience was also treated to the popular Nigeria's hit music by Kizz Daniel "Buga," just as Amusan danced thrilled the spectators with her dance moves. 

 

 


Al Jazeera/SEA

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