Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan made history on the last day of the 2022 World Athletics Championships when she broke the women’s 100m hurdles World Record in the semi-final of the with a time of 12.12secs.
Amusan, who had earlier run an African record of 12.40secs in the heat to qualify for the semi-final outran a quality track which included former record holder USA’s Kendra Harrison to qualify for the final.
“It is a strong feeling. I wanted to get out and go,” she told reporters. “I did what I had to do. Looking forward to the finals.”
She shocked the crowd at Eugene, Oregon, putting on the kind of superb performance usually reserved for prime time in the opening race of the Sunday evening schedule.
Jamaican Britany Anderson won her semi-final in a national record 12.31 seconds, with Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn also advancing (12.32).