Nigerian Tobi Amusan has broken the women’s 100m hurdles world record in the semifinals at the world track and field championships in the United States.

She even went faster to win the final almost a couple of hours later.

Amusan clocked 12.12 seconds in Sunday’s semifinals at Hayward Field, Eugene, Oregon. In the final, she won in 12.06 but with too much tailwind for record purposes, taking eight hundredths off American Keni Harrison‘s world record of 12.20 from 2016, making it the largest time drop for a world record in the event in 42 years.

Her previous personal best was 12.40, set in the first round at worlds on Saturday.

“I wanted to get out and go,” the former UTEP standout Amusan said after the semis, according to World Athletics. “I did what I had to do.”

Amusan came fourth at the Tokyo Olympics as well as in the last worlds championship in 2019. 


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