Tobi Amusan has emerged the first ever Nigerian athlete to bring home a gold medal from the World Athletics Championship after winning the women’s 100m hurdles.
The athlete surged to victory in the women’s 100-meter hurdles on Sunday in Oregon, becoming the first Nigerian athlete to win a gold medal at a World Athletics Championship.
She 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.
Her record has replaced the former best of 12.20sec that had been set by American athlete, Kendra Harrison in 2016.
Speaking on her victory, she said:
“Honestly, I believe in my abilities but I was not expecting a world record at these championships,
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.”