World Athletics ratifies Tobi Amusan’s hurdles world record

World Athletics ratifies Tobi Amusan's hurdles world record

The World Athletics (formerly IAAF) has ratified the record time of 12.12 secs met by Nigerian Sprint queen, Oluwatobiloba Ayomide Amusan (OON) in the women’s 100mH in Oregon this year.

The world records set by Tobi Amusan, Mondo Duplantis and Sydney McLaughlin at the World Athletics Championships Oregon ’22 have been ratified.

Amusan’s 12.12 in the women’s 100m hurdles semifinals, Duplantis’s 6.21m in the men’s pole vault final and McLaughlin’s 50.68 in the women’s 400m hurdles final are all now officially in the record books, as is the world U-20 mark of 9.94 set by Letsile Tebogo in the men’s 100m heats.

Two days later, during the final session of the World Athletics Championships, Amusan and Duplantis ensured that the event ended on an incredible high.

After clocking an African record of 12.40 in the 100m hurdles heats, the world was put on notice that 25-year-old Amusan was capable of something special.

The next day, she ran 12.12 (0.9m/s) in the semifinals to improve the world record of 12.20 that had been set by USA’s Kendra Harrison in London in 2016. Amusan wasn’t done there, though, and she followed that remarkable performance with a wind-assisted 12.06 (2.5m/s) to win the final.

The ratification is made necessary because they have to recheck the timers, perform drug tests and all the other checks before a World Record is ratified.

Tobi “Express” holds the fastest time ever in these events: An African Record (12.40s) in the heats in Oregon, world record (12.12s), Diamond League Meeting Record (12.29s) and Commonwealth Games Record (12.30s) recorded in Eugene, Weltklasse Zürich and Birmingham respectively.

Amusan, the first Nigerian to win the Diamond League in 2021, also successfully defended her title in 2022.

“The goal was to come out and to win this gold,” she said. “Honestly, I believe in my abilities, but I was not expecting a world