- Nigerian athlete Tobi Amusan has made history by winning the 100m hurdle at the World Athletics Championships
- Tobi Amusah set a World Record of 12.12s to win goal at the championship in Oregon, United States
- Amusan, who became the first Nigerian to win a gold medal at the World Championships, broke down in tears during the prize presentation
Tobi Amusan made history by becoming the first Nigerian to win a gold medal at the World Athletics Championships.
The 100m hurdles sprinter stormed to victory in the finals, setting a world record of 12.12s to become the first Nigerian to win a medal in Oregon.
Retired American sprinter Michael Johnson casts doubts after Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan smashed World Record
Amusan's new time beats the long-standing record of USA's Kendra Harrison, who finished 12.20s in London in 2016.
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In the final, she beat Jamaica's Britany Anderson, who clocked 12.23s and Camacho Quin of Pueto Rico, who finished third.
“Honestly, I believe in my abilities but I was not expecting a world record at these championships,” Amusan said after her final victory. “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.
“Before the final, I just tried to stay calm and to do my best. I took a deep breath knowing that I have some goal to accomplish and it worked pretty good. I knew it was very fast but not this fast.”
Ghana's 4x100m relay team set new national record at World Athletics Championships
The quartet led by 100m record holder Benjamin Azamati finished fifth in the final of the World Athletics Championships with an impressive time of 38.07s.
In a video posted on social media, Ghana finished behind Canada, USA, Great Britain and Jamaica.
Source: Sports Brief News