Tobi Amusan, a Nigerian athlete, won the women’s 100-meter hurdles event to become the first Nigerian athlete to ever return home with a gold medal from a major athletics competition.
The athlete, the first from Nigeria to win a gold medal at a World Athletics Championship, sprinted to victory in the women’s 100-meter hurdles on Sunday in Oregon.
She broke the world record in an astonishing semifinal with a timing of 12.12 seconds, and she finished at Hayward Field in 12.06 seconds.
Her time has surpassed the previous record of 12.20 seconds held 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.”