Nigerian athlete, Tobi Amusan on Saturday clocked 12.30 seconds to set a new record to win the 100 meters hurdles gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the United Kingdom.
This latest feat follows her exploits two weeks ago when she became the first Nigerian athlete to win a World Athletics Championship gold as she stormed to victory in the women’s 100m hurdles in Oregon.
Having done it on another continent, Amusan made sure to replicate that fine display in Europe, proving that it was no fluke and that it was indeed her time.
The 25-year-old clocked 12.30 seconds to set a new games record and to claim the gold and also set a new Games Record in Birmingham.
Coming up behind her were Bahamas’s Devynne Charlton (12.58secs) who took silver and England’s Cindy Sember (12.59secs) who took bronze. Both were behind the eventual winner with some notable distance.
This is coming two weeks after she became the first Nigerian athlete to win a World Athletics Championship gold as she stormed to victory in the women’s 100m hurdles in Oregon.
Amusan, had obliterated the world record in an astonishing semi-final at the World Athletics Championship where she clocked 12.12sec. At the final, she powered over the line at Hayward Field in 12.06sec.
But her winning time will not be recognised as a world record, however, due to a strong following wind of 2.5 meters per second.
At the Athletics Championship, Jamaica’s Britany Anderson took silver in 12.23sec, while Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico claimed bronze in 12.23.
Amusan had produced a jaw-dropping world record in the semi-finals, smashing the previous best mark of 12.20secs held by Keni Harrison of the United States in 2016.