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Amusan: Nigeria’s World Record breaker who brought smiles back

She has risen through the ranks and fought her way vigorously towards her goal. When the Nigerian National Anthem was played on the loudspeakers at the World Athletics Meet in Oregon, United States of America on Sunday, Tobi Amusan, a Nigerian 100m hurdler could not hide her tears.

She must have remembered her long journey, which started in her native Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, led her to relocation to the United States in 2015, her many failures and the sure path she had embarked on before reaching there.

On her face as the Nigeria National Anthem blarred on the loudspeakers were memories of her triumphs and failures, as she broke a world record on Sunday with a gold in the Women’s 100 metres hurdles.

Nigeria left her best for the last day of the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, U. S. by winning a gold and a silver medal. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the feat by the 25-year-old meant that she made history as the first Nigerian to win a world title and an unprecedented world record in one day.

Amusan first ran a blistering 12:12 seconds to shatter the world record of 12:20 seconds set by Kendra Harrison of U. S. in the semi-finals. She then followed up with a (+2.5) wind assisted 12.06s in the final.

It was a race of contrasting emotions as former champion was disqualified as her race came to an humiliating end, while Jamaica’s Brittany Anderson (12.23 secs) and Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho Quinn (12.23) settled for the silver and bronze respectively.

But as brilliant as their effort was, they all played second fiddle to Amusan who ran on lane four and became the first Nigerian to win a world title and an unprecedented world record in one evening.

The time in the final would however not be recognised as it was deemed to be well over the legal +2.0 wind assist allowed in Athletics The latest feat served as a big consolation for Amusan after a disappointing Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where she narrowly lost the bronze medal to Jamaica’s Megan Tapper, when she placed fourth.

The record breaking feat also enriched Amusan’s purse with 100,000 dollars (N165 million) as bonus from the organisers. NAN reports that Amusan was the 2018 Commonwealth and 2018 African champion in the event. She is also a two-time African Games champion.

She won the Diamond League Trophy in Zurich in 2021 in the 100m hurdles. In 2022, during Paris Diamond League, Amusan broke a record and became third in the world. Team Nigeria would go on to celebrate another podium finish in the Long Jump, with Ese Brume’s extraordinary effort.

The Commonwealth and Africa record holder, long jumper Brume leapt over 7.02m to clinch silver medal, behind rival Malika Mihambo of Germany who jumped a record 7.12m for the gold medal. Brazil’s Oro Melo settled for Bronze with 6.89m jump. NAN also reports that Brume won a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

 

Since her victory, Amusan has become a beautiful bride as all of Nigerian leaders have been rolling over themselves, congratulating her for her accomplishments

 

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