Tobi Amusan Breaks African 100m Hurdles Record

Written by on September 10, 2021

Nigerian hurdler and Olympic finalist, Tobi Amusan has of Thursday night the African record and made a new record of 12.42 seconds to win the 100m hurdles Diamond Trophy at the final of the 2021 diamond league in taking place at Weltklasse in Zurich, Switzerland.

In making this record, the 24 year old also became the first Nigerian to be crowned Diamond League champion since World Athletics’ elite one day meetings changed name from Golden League to Diamond League.

Making her the second Nigerian to win a World Athletics elite one day meetings discipline after Falilat Ogunkoya, who was crowned 400m champion at the Grand Prix final held in Moscow, Russia in 1998.

 

Oluwatobiloba Amusan
Martin Rulsch, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

 

Tobi Amusan has become the second Nigerian to set a new African record at the meeting after Egbunike ran 44.17 seconds to set an African 400m record at the time.

Amusan would also have broken the Nigerian championships 100m hurdles record of 12.63 seconds held by Angela Atiede if the electronic timer had not malfunctioned at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Trials at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Ground last June. She was credited with a hand-timed 12.30 for her effort.


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