Oregon 22: Nigeria’s Amusan sets 100mh world record, wins gold

  • Ese Brume wins silver in women’s long jump
  • Human capital investment never goes wrong- Uduaghan

Nigeria’s 100 metre hurdles sprinter, Tobi Amusan set a new world record of 12.12 seconds on Sunday at the World Athletics Championships to win the gold medal at Hayward Field.

Amusan, who created this record in the semi-final of the contest, went further to attain a new record of 12.06 seconds in the final which was later ruled ineligible as the speed of the wind exceeded the legal limit.

The previous record was set in 2016 by United States Olympian, Kendra Harrison who was disqualified from the contest.

Amusan snatching the gold ahead of her closest contender, Britany Anderson of Jamaica with .17 seconds, stunned the athletics world with her pristine performance which earned commendations from around the globe with Olympian and sprint king, Usain Bolt and Noah Lyles, the 200m world champion at Oregon 22 inclusive.

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According to the 100mh world champion and record holder whose focus was to win the gold medal, she never expected to stun the world with a world record at the World Athletics Championships.

Amusan said, “The goal was to come out and to win this gold.”

“I believe in my abilities but I was not expecting a world record at these championships. You know, the goal is always just to execute well and get the win. So the world record is a bonus,” Amusan said.

Meanwhile, former governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan, has joined the global community to celebrate Amusan for attaining the feat, positing that it is a significant result of investing in human capital development.

Uduaghan, who also commended Ese Brume, African record holder, for clinching the silver medal in the women’s long jump finals with a season-best of 7.02m behind German Malaika Mihambo of 7.12m, charged them to win more laurels for the country.

“Investment in Human Capital Development. Education, Health, Entrepreneurs and other HCD areas, never go wrong,” Delta ex-governor said.

“Congrats Ese and Tobi. We pray you bring more laurels,” Uduaghan added.

Amusan has made history from creating an African record in the heat to a world record in the semi-final and would have broken her record in the final of the same championship if the 12.06 seconds had not been ruled ineligible.

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