Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan stunned the athletics world by demolishing the women’s 100m hurdles world record TWICE in consecutive races, although excessive wind speeds prevented her second time.
In the final session of the 2022 World Championships in Athletics in Eugene, Oregon, Amusan delivered one of the great individual performances of the tournament – if not the history of track and field.
First, she won her semi-final in 12.12 seconds, smashing the best 12.20 seconds held by American Kendra Harrison in 2016.
Then Amusen blew away her rivals in the final to win the gold medal – her country’s first – in a staggering time of 12.06 seconds. However, it was revealed five minutes later that the wind reading for the final was +2.5m/s, well above the 2m per second limit, meaning the second run doesn’t count. not like a world record.
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Commentator Tim Hutchings was impressed when he exclaimed, “I can’t believe she’s done it again. Two world records in one night and she made history by becoming Nigeria’s first world champion. What a way to do and what a scene to discover sporting immortality. Records can be broken, titles will stand the test of time and tonight she made the two – two world records. 12.06, tonight will never, ever be forgotten by anyone lucky enough to be here.
“It was quite extraordinary. We doubted she could do it again, how dare we, how dare we. Nigeria, a proud African nation, is on top of the world tonight. And Amusan delivered an unprecedented evening of glory and speed. It was absolutely, absolutely amazing.
Amusan had already broken the African record when she won her heat the day before in just 12.40 seconds, the fastest first round time in world championship history. But she went to another level in the final to demolish her rivals – despite having the third slowest reaction time of any runner in the final.
Britany Anderson of Jamaica was second in 12.23 seconds ahead of Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico also in 12.23 seconds.
Former world record holder Harrison finished second in the same semi-final where Amusan broke the record for the first time, finishing second in 12.27s. Remarkably, that time was already faster than the previous championship record of 12.28 seconds, which Australian Sally Pearson claimed in 2011.
Commentator Tim Hutchings said after the semi-final: “12.12 – amazing. I can hardly believe what I just saw. It’s a huge world record. She looks at the clock to see if it was a mistake, but it wasn’t, it’s confirmed. A huge, huge world record in the semi-finals.
“Tobi Amusan has just electrified the stadium. It was an amazing race but we didn’t think it was that good. How the hell is she focused on winning the gold medal after breaking a world record. Quite amazing.
Gail Devers added: “Yesterday when she ran her first run she was saying it was so hard for her to slow down because people were wondering why she was running 12.40. But when you’re on fire it’s hard to she didn’t expect to run on 12.12 but you saw her mechanics she kept running what she did so well was she lowered her front leg and she s It was a clinic on how you run the 100 meter hurdles.
In that same race, Australian Michelle Jenneke broke her previous best of 12.82 seconds by finishing fifth in 12.66 seconds, although it was not enough to qualify for the final.
Up her sleeve, she had already set her best time in seven years – since 2015, the same year as her previous PB. But she did better in the semis to demolish her best time and was clearly thrilled.