World Athletics ratifies Tobi Amusan’s hurdles record

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The World Athletics has ratified the Women’s world 100m hurdles record set by Tobi Amusan at the 2022 World Championships in Oregon, United States.

This was disclosed on Tuesday in a statement published on the athletics body’s official website.

The international governing body for the sport of athletics, formerly known as the IAAF, confirmed Amusan’s mark alongside the world records of two other athletes – Mondo Duplantis and Sydney McLaughin.

“The world records set by Tobi Amusan, Mondo Duplantis and Sydney McLaughlin at the World Athletics Championships Oregon 22 have been ratified,” the statement reads.

“Amusan’s 12.12 in the women’s 100m hurdles semi finals, Duplantis’s 6.21m in the men’s pole vault final and McLaughlin’s 50.68 in the women’s 400m hurdles final are all now officially in the record books, as is the world U20 mark of 9.94 set by Letsile Tebogo in the men’s 100m heats.”

Amusan ran a time of  12.12 seconds to defeat former world record holder, Kendra Harrison, who had set the world record in the 100 metres hurdles with a time of 12.20 seconds in 2016, at the London Müller Anniversary Games.

The 25-year-old was, however, not done as she followed that remarkable performance with a wind-assisted 12.06 (2.5m/s) to win the final.

“The goal was to come out and to win this gold, Honestly, I believe in my abilities, but I was not expecting a world record at these championships,” a surprised Amusan had said in an interview after her record-breaking run.

Amusan became the first Nigerian world champion in the history of the World Athletics Championships. She is also the current African and Commonwealth Games champion and record holder.

The 25-year-old was recently conferred with the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) by President Muhammadu Buhari.




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