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Nigeria’s Amusan smashes 100m hurdles world record, goes on to become world champion

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan broke the women’s 100 metres hurdles world record in a stunning semi-final effort at the World Championships on Sunday, and then went on to clinch in the final.

The record time of 12.12 seconds broke Kendra Harrison’s mark of 12.20, as the American finished second in the heat.

The Nigerian had set an African record of 12.40 on Saturday to win her heat, the fastest first-round time in World Championships history. But even so, few would have predicted that the 25-year-old was in form to challenge the world record of 12.20 set by USA’s Kendra Harrison in 2016.

“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.”

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).

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