The World Athletics has officially ratified the record time of 12.12 secs set by Nigerian Sprint queen, Oluwatobiloba Ayomide Amusan (OON) in the women’s 100m hurdles in Oregon this year.
The world record set by Tobi Amusan, Mondo Duplantis and Sydney McLaughlin at the World Athletics Championships Oregon ‘22 have been ratified.
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Amusan’s 12.12 in the women’s 100m hurdles semifinals, 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 U-20 mark of 9.94 set by Letsile Tebogo in the men’s 100m heats.
The next day, she ran 12.12 (0.9m/s) in the semifinals to improve the world record of 12.20 that had been set by USA’s Kendra Harrison in London in 2016. Amusan wasn’t done there, though, and she followed that remarkable performance with a wind-assisted 12.06 (2.5m/s) to win the final.
The ratification is made necessary because they have to recheck the timers, perform drug tests and all the other checks before a World record is ratified.
Tobi “Express” holds the fastest time ever in these events: An African Record (12.40s) in the heats in Oregon, world record (12.12s), Diamond League Meeting Record (12.29s) and Commonwealth Games Record (12.30s) recorded in Eugene, Weltklasse Zürich and Birmingham respectively.
Amusan, the first Nigerian to win the Diamond League in 2021, also successfully defended her title in 2022.
Amusan broke the African record three times in the space of 10 months before smashing the record in Oregon to become Nigeria’s first-ever world athletics champion and world record holder.
She got another record-breaking gold medal for Team Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom blazing to a new Games record of 12.30 seconds to retain the 100m hurdles she won four years ago in the gold coast, Australia.
Amusan became the first Nigerian world champion in an athletics event when she won the 2022 World Athletics Championships 100 metres hurdles gold medal.
She is also the current African, Commonwealth and World Champion in the 100m hurdles as well as the record holder in the three competitions.