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Nigerian Tobi Amusan breaks 100m hurdles world record

Nigerian Tobi Amusan broke the women’s 100m hurdles world record in the semifinals at the world track and field championships in Eugene, Oregon. She went even faster to win the final nearly two hours later.

Amusan, who was fourth at the Tokyo Olympics and the last worlds in 2019, clocked 12.12 seconds in Sunday’s semifinals at Hayward Field. In the final, she won in 12.06, but with too much tailwind for record purposes.

Amusan took eight hundredths off American Keni Harrison‘s world record of 12.20 from 2016. It’s the largest time drop for a world record in the event in 42 years.

Amusan’s previous personal best was 12.40, set in the first round at worlds on Saturday.

“I wanted to get out and go,” the former UTEP standout Amusan said after the semis, according to World Athletics. “I did what I had to do.”

Jamaican Britany Anderson took silver, followed by Olympic gold medalist Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico.

 

Source : nbcsports

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