Nigerian athlete Tobi Amusan smashes the 100m record in Oregon
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Nigerian athlete Tobi Amusan smashes the 100m record in Oregon

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Tobi Amusan surged to victory in the women’s 100-meter hurdles on Sunday in Oregon to become the first Nigerian athlete to win a gold medal at a World Athletics Championship.

Amusan crossed the finish line at Hayward Field in 12.06 seconds after shattering the world record in an astounding semifinal with a time of 12.12 seconds.

However, a strong following win of 2.5 meters per second means that her winning time will not be recognized as a world record.

Amusan commented after winning the final race, “Honestly, I trust in my talents, but I wasn’t expecting a world record at these championships.”

“Always, the objective is to perform well and win. The world record is thus an added bonus. When I saw it on the screen after the semifinals, even though I knew I had it in me, I couldn’t believe it.

“I simply tried to maintain my composure and give it my all during the final. Knowing that I had a task to complete, I took a deep breath, and it seemed to work well. I was aware of its rapidity, but not this rapidity.

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