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Tobi Amusan Wins Historic World Athletics Championship Gold For Nigeria

Tobi Amusan, the holder of the world record for the 100-meter hurdles, won the women’s 100-meter hurdles gold at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, in the wee hours of Monday (Sunday in Oregon).

She achieved this by running a time quicker than the 12.12 seconds she set in the semifinals, but the over 2 m/s wind speed prevented her 12.06 seconds from being recognized as a world record.

Amusan became the first Nigerian to win gold in the history of the World Athletics Championships after sprinting to a world record 12.12 seconds in the semifinals.

Nine medals in total, including four silver and five bronze, had been won by Nigeria prior to Amusan’s final-day demolition of a competitive field.

Amusan had placed fourth in Doha, Qatar, three years prior.

She had already decreased the world record set in 2016 by American Keni Harrison by eight hundredths of a second. Prior to the semi-final, Amusan had a personal best of 12.40, which she had achieved on Saturday in Oregon during the first round.

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