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Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan shatters 100m hurdles world record, Usain Bolt praises her

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Tobi Amusan celebrates her 100m hurdles gold medal. The Nigerian finished the final in 12.06, which would have broken the world record she had set 90 minutes earlier in the semi-final but for the wind speed rendering it ineligible. Photograph: John G Mabanglo/EPA

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan reignited the debate about track and field’s new super shoes as she unexpectedly shattered the 100m hurdles world record in Eugene.

On a night when Mondo Duplantis also broke his own pole vault world record, Amusan ran a staggering 12.12 seconds in her semi-final to beat Kendra Harrison’s old best by 0.08 sec – smashing her personal best time by nearly three-tenths of a second.

Immediately after the race, the former world 200m and 400m record holder, Michael Johnson, wondered whether the timing system at Hayward Field was off. He was far from alone. However it transpired that Amusan had been given a boost by using Adidas Adizero Avanti shoes, which are designed for 5km and 10km runners, rather than track spikes.

A heartwarming video of Nigerian Athlete, Tobi Amusan, dancing to Kizz Daniel’s Buga song shortly after she won gold in the 100-meter hurdles race at the World Athletics Championship in Oregon, on Monday morning, July 25, has been shared online.

 

Tobi was on the track celebrating her victory when she was stopped by British online personality,  Biro VR, who played Buga for her. Her face immediately lit up as she danced to the song.

 

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President Buhari has congratulated Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume for winning medals at the ongoing World Athletics Championship.

 

In a statement shared on his Facebook page, President Buhari congratulated Tobi for winning the women’s 100m hurdles, setting a new world record in the semifinals of the athletic event,  and winning the World Championship. He also extended his congratulatory message to Ms. Brume for representing Nigeria with honor and pride and winning a silver medal in the Women’s long jump event.

 

His statement reads

”I join millions of Nigerians in celebrating Tobi Amusan and her stellar performance at the World Athletics Championships 2022.

Her new World Record and Gold Medal have brought excitement and joy and hope to all of us, and made our national anthem resonate on a global stage.

I also commend and celebrate Ese Brume for her long jump Silver Medal. #TeamNigeria have represented us with honour & pride; displaying courage, integrity and good sportsmanship, and proving that with hard work & determination, success is achievable.”

President Buhari congratulates Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume for winning Gold and Silver medals at World Athletics Championship

Retired Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt congratulated Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan, after she smashed the world record in the Women’s 100 metres hurdles, to win gold at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA.

 

Bolt took to Twitter to celebrate Amusan’s feat.

 

“Congratulations,” he added.

 

 

Usain Bolt congratulates Tobi Amusan for breaking world record

 

Jamaican athlete also wrote, “Superb #Tobi.”

 

Usain Bolt congratulates Tobi Amusan for breaking world record

 

Amusan became the first Nigerian athlete to win a gold medal in the World Athletics Championship when she stormed to victory in the women’s 100m hurdles in Oregon.

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