Tobi Amusan: Nigeria’s ‘Golden Girl’ caused a stir after beating world record at World Championships in Athletics

Amusan set a record time of 12.12 seconds, beating Kendra Harrison’s 2016 record of 12.20 by 0.8 seconds.

In the final, she took gold, although her original finish time of 12.06 was ruled out due to strong winds.

Amusan’s world record shocked the athletics world.

“Blimey” tweeted Jamaican track and field athlete Usain Bolt, as well as 200m champion and American record holder Noah Lyles. tweeted: “12.12 are you kidding me?” Both congratulated her on Twitter.

In November 2016, the 25-year-old tweeted: “Now unknown, but soon I will be unforgettable, I will persevere until I succeed.”

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw it on screen after the semi-finals. But it was only a matter of time,” Amusan told reporters on Sunday.

Her victory – Nigeria’s first gold at such an event – was greeted with joy, with congratulations pouring in from state governor and presidential candidate in the upcoming 2023 elections.

But some expressed skepticism about the race, in which many participants showed their best results.

“I don’t believe 100 hour time is correct. The world record has been broken by 0.08! 12 PB installed. 5 national records set,” four-time Olympic champion and BBC commentator Michael Johnson. tweetedadding that Cindy Sember of the UK noted that she ran slowly during her personal best and national best.
In the semi-finals, many athletes showed the best results.

“All the athletes looked shocked,” said the former 200m and 400m runner.

“In heat 2 we were first shown a win time of 12.53. A few seconds later it reads 12.43. Rounding down by 0.01 is fine, 0.10 is not,” he said.

Johnson received a quick and furious reaction to his comments and later returned to Twitter to clarify, pointing out that he predicted Amusan would win.

“My job as a commentator is to comment. When polling the results of 28 athletes (not 1 athlete), wondering if the timing system was faulty, I was attacked, accused of racism and of questioning the talent of an athlete that I respect and predicted. win. Not allowed. I’m moving on,” he said.

CNN has reached out to World Athletics for comment.