Tobi Amusan sets new 100m hurdles record, wins Gold at Commonwealth Games
Tobi Amusan sets new 100m hurdles record, wins Gold at Commonwealth Games: It was another record setting day for Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan as she set a new games record of 12:30 seconds to win Gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom
Following her exploits at the just concluded World championship, Tobi Amusan was tipped as the favoourite to clinch the Gold, but the Nigerian sprinter could have disappointed her fans after she had a poor start at the first 4 hurdles.
Amusan picked up from the fourth hurdle and went ahead to set a new games record and retain the Gold she won at the last Commonwealth Games in Australia
Devynne Charlton finished a distant second to win silver for the Bahamas while Cindy Sember whose father is Nigerian won bronze for Great Britain.
Despite winning the race comfortably, Amusan said she did not execute it to the best of her ability.
“Mentally, it was challenging. It was nerve-racking. You know, when I say I poorly executed race, I know when I execute smoothly,” she said.
“I think my first five hurdles weren’t it, but I was able to get myself together and regroup and do what I needed to do and I did just that’’.
She dedicated her latest gold medal to God, her support system which includes her family, supporters, and her Jamaican coach, Lacena Golding Clarke under whom she has been training since 2016.
The 25-year-old has been in blistering form in the past year, breaking the African 100 meters hurdles record three times in the past 10 months.
After narrowly missing out on the podium twice at the World Athletics Championships in Doha in 2019 and at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics w. she placed fourth on both occasions, Amusan finally struck gold at the World Championships in Oregon while setting a world record of 12.12 seconds in the semi-finals.
Amusan went even faster in the final race, clocking 12.06 seconds. However, her winning time is not recognised as a world record due to an illegal tailwind of 2.5 metres per second.
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