In the early hours of Monday, Tobi Amusan, Nigeria’s sprint hurdler in the Women’s 100m Hurdles at the World Athletics Championship in Oregon, broke 2 records at the competition and won Nigeria’s first ever World Championship Gold in the process.

Tobi Amusan has been hinting at her readiness to become the focal point of the sprint hurdle when she set the African 100m Hurdles record, running 12.40s at the heat stage on Saturday. 

Tobi Amusan

In the semi-final, Amusan delivered an extraordinary time; clocking 12.12secs to obliterate the former World Record of 12.20secs held by Keni Harrison of the United States since 2016.

Tobi Amusan

“The goal was to come out and to win this gold,” said Amusan, according to Reuters. “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.”

At the moment, she sits on the 2nd place in the World Rankings for Women’s 100m Hurdles and 21st place in Women’s Overall Ranking, according to World Athletics. 

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