By Jimmy Jackson
Tobi Amusan became the first Nigerian athlete to set a new World record and win World Athletics Championship gold medal as she won the women’s 100m hurdles in Eugene, Oregon.
Amusan had blitzed to a world record 12.12s in the semi-finals smashing the previous best mark of 12.20secs held by Keni Harrison of the United States in 2016, outclassed that mark with a superb 12.06s to become the first Nigerian to win gold.
“Honestly, I believe in my abilities but I was not expecting a world record at these championships,” Amusan said after her final victory.
“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.”
President Mohammadu Buhari has reacted to the victory of Tobi Amusan, in a tweet on his official handle @Mbuhari,
“I join millions of Nigerians in celebrating Tobi Amusan and her stellar performance, at the World Athletics Championships 2022. Her new World Record and Gold Medal have brought excitement and joy and hope to all of us, and made our national anthem resonate on a global stage.
“I also commend and celebrate Ese Brume for her long jump Silver Medal. #TeamNigeria have represented us with honour & pride; displaying courage, integrity and good sportsmanship, and proving that with hard work & determination, success is achievable.”
Meanwhile, Ese Brume pick up a Silver medal for Nigeria in the Long Jump event, covering 7.02m at the World Championships.