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Tobi Amusan wins gold, smashes new record; World Athletics Championship

The Nigerian has become the first athlete to win a World Athletics Championship gold as she rode through victory in the women’s 100m hurdles in Oregon on Sunday.

Amusan, who had obliterated the world record in an astonishing semi-final where she clocked 12.12 seconds and powered herself through the line at Hayward Field in 12.06 seconds. Moreover, Amusan had made an eye catching world record in the semi-finals, smashing the previous best mark of 12.20 seconds held by Keni Harrison of the United States in 2016.

“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.” Amusan said after her win.

Just after the first hurdle, Amusan build a great lead and then pulling away ahead of Anderson and the fast-closing Camacho-Quinn.

“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.” she added after victory.