UNIVERSITY of Texas in El Paso sprint hurdler,Amusan Tobiloba Saturday at the Kidd Field in El Paso,Texas,USA returned Nigeria to the top of a track and field event by smashing the world junior record in the 100m hurdles.
She ran 12.83 seconds,one hundreth of a second faster than the 12.84 ran by Cuba’s Aliuska LÓPEZ on 16 July,1987 to become the only Nigerian with a world best after Uduak Ekah lost her indoor 60m world junior best of 7.09 seconds she set on March 7,1999 inside the Green Dome in Maebashi, Japan to Poland’s Ewa Swoboda who ran 7.07 seconds last February in Torun,Poland.
“It was a really nice race and my plan was just to get out of the blocks,” Amusan said. “When I first looked at the scoreboard and it said 13.3 (seconds) I was very mad, but then when the official results popped up and said 12.83 I said YES!!!”
“It is really a privilege and to run sub 13 and it is great to see my goal come true that I have been training for over the past year.”
Amusan didn’t end her phenomenal day in the 100m hurdles, she turned around a little than two hours later and clocked the fastest 200m dash time in Conference USA. She crossed the finish line in 23.24 for gold.
Source : SunOnline