World Athletics Championships: Tobi Amusan Breaks 100M Hurdles Women World Record

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan broke the women’s 100m hurdles world record after a spectacular performance in the semi-final at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, on Sunday.

The 25-year-old’s 12.06-second performance on Sunday was initially announced as a world record, but was later ruled ineligible as the wind speed exceeded the legal limit.

Competing in the very first race of Day 10 of the championships, Amusan shattered the world record by clocking 12.12 seconds in the semi-final at Hayward Field, breaking the previous mark of 12.20 by 0.08 seconds.

In the final, she recovered from a slightly slower start to put on a pristine performance over the barriers, 0.17 seconds clear of silver medallist Britany Anderson of Jamaica.

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

“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.”

At the moment, she sits on 2nd place in the World Rankings for Women’s 100mH and 21st place in Women’s Overall Ranking, according to World Athletics.