Tobi Amusan said she did not aim to break the World record, but rather win the gold medal for Nigeria in the final of the Women’s 100m hurdles at the World Athletics Championships.
Amusan smashed the world record, clocking 12.12 in the semi-final of her event at the World Athletics Championships, beating the previous mark set by Kendra Harrison of the US in 2016.
The 25-year-old followed it up with another fantastic race in the final with a return time of 12.06, but the time won’t be recognized as a world record due to a tail wind of +2.5 m/s.
The victory came after back to back disappointments in London, Tokyo and Doha where she finished fourth.
“The goal was to come out and to win this gold,” Amusan said. “I just did it. Honestly, 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.
“I knew I had it in me but I could not believe it when I saw it on the screen after the semis. But it was just a matter of time,” She said.
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