athletics Amusan Shatters World Record In Hurdle To Clinch Gold

Oluwatobi Amusan, a sprint hurdler, set a world record of 12.12 seconds and earned Nigeria’s first gold medal at the World Championships on Monday morning.

Ese Brume earned a silver medal in the long jump for Nigeria with a jump of 7.02 meters on the last day of the competitions as well.


For Brume, who took a step forward after taking home a bronze in the 2017 Championships in Doha, Qatar.

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Amusan, a petite barrier runner, set a new world record of 12.06 seconds in the final race, breaking her previous mark of 12.12 seconds from the semi-final.
She was regrettably denied the revised time because it had exceeded the permitted wind, which was recorded at +2.5.

Amusan surged from the starting blocks in the same manner as she did in the semifinal race, crossing the finish line in 12.06 seconds despite competing against some of the best sprint hurdlers in the world.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (12.23) and Britany Anderson (12.23) both competed for Jamaica and settled for the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

The world record of 12.20 seconds held by Kendra Harrison of the United States in 2016 was broken by Amusan in the semifinals with a time of 12.12.

Beginning with setting an African record on Saturday by winning her heat in a time of 12.40, the 25-year-old Nigerian woman has been sending out indications that she is ready to take center stage in the sprint hurdle.

It was the World Athletics Championships’ quickest first-round time ever.

Amusan overflowed shortly after the World Record said:

“I wanted to get out and go,” said Amusan. “I did what I had to do. Now I’m looking forward to the finals.

Amusan was promised a bonus of $100,000 for setting the World Record even before the final gold medal race in Oregon, which was her primary objective for the evening.

Amusan, 25, began his journey to glory by breaking Glory Alozie’s 12.74-second record from the 1999 African Games in Johannesburg, South Africa.

She twice shattered the Games record in Rabat, Morocco, in 2019. She won her semifinal heat in 12.69 seconds before winning the gold medal at the African Games by clocking a hundredth of a second quicker in the final.

The 12.68 seconds came next. Alozie was the fastest Nigerian in the history of the quadrennial competition when she ran twice to earn a silver medal in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Amusan, 25, began his journey to glory by breaking Glory Alozie’s 12.74-second record from the 1999 African Games in Johannesburg, South Africa.

She twice shattered the Games record in Rabat, Morocco, in 2019.

She won her semifinal heat in 12.69 seconds before winning the gold medal at the African Games by clocking a hundredth of a second quicker in the final.

The 12.68 seconds came next. Alozie was the fastest Nigerian in the history of the quadrennial competition when she ran twice to earn a silver medal in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Amusan beat that time in 2021 in Tokyo with a time of 12.60 seconds, which earned her fourth place in the competition.

The 12.44 seconds Alozie ran at the Monaco Diamond League in 1998 were also consigned to history by the reigning Commonwealth Games champion.

The time was the quickest ever by a Nigerian in the history of the competition until September 2021, when Amusan ran 12.42 seconds to set a triple. At the time, it also served as the African record.


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Henry Usiayo is a practicing journalists with several years of experience covering sport events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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