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World Athletics Championship: Amusan wins Nigeria's first gold medal, pockets $100,000

Tobiloba Amusan emerged as the first Nigerian to win gold at the World Athletics Championship after storming to a world record time of 12.06s in the women's 100m hurdles in Oregon on Sunday.

It was the second time Amusan would break the record on the night, improving on her 12.12s in the semifinals - a record which was previously set by America's Kendra Harrison at 12.20s.

However, Amusan's victory will not be acknowledged as a world record which is owing to a strong following win of 2.5 metres per second.

Brittany Anderson of Jamaica won the silver medal after finishing seventeen seconds behind Amusan at 12.23, while Olympic champion, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico took the bronze medal in 12.23.

"Honestly, I believe in my abilities but I was not expecting a world record at these championships, Amusan said after her final victory.

"The goal is always just to execute well and get the win. So the world record is a bonus. I knew I had it in me but I could not believe it when saw it on the screen after the semis.

"Before the final, I just tried to stay calm and to do my best. I took a deep breath knowing that I have some goal to accomplish and it worked pretty good. I knew it was very fast but not this fast."

Amusan, 25, received $100,00 cash prize money and will look to consolidate on this huge feat at the Commonwealth Games which will serve odd on Thursday, July 28 2022 where she's also the defending champion in the event.

On the sand, Africa's record holder, Ese Brume, landed a silver medal in the women's long jump final with a season's best of 7.02m.

Brume is the first Nigerian to win a medal at two consecutive editions of the World Championships having won a bronze medal last time out in Doha.

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