By Monica Iheakam
The 12.12 secs world record set by Commonwealth and world champion Tobi Amusan (OON) at the world championship in Oregon USA has been officially ratified by the World Athletics.
The cheering news from Monaco, headquarters of World Athletics was given pride of place at the official website of the athletics ruling body.
According to World Athletics, Amusan’s 12.12 seconds feat in the women’s 100m hurdles semifinals in Eugene, Oregon on July 24, 2022 is now officially in the record books.
Amusan after clocking an African record of 12.40 in the 100m hurdles heats, the world was put on notice that the 25-year-old 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 world records set by Tobi Amusan, Mondo Duplantis, and Sydney McLaughlin at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 have been ratified.
“Amusan’s 12.12 in the women’s 100m hurdles semi finals, 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 U20 mark of 9.94 set by Letsile Tebogo in the men’s 100m heats,’ said the WA in a statement.
The biennial World Athletics Championships is the jewel of World Athletics Series of events which also includes indoor, U20, relays, cross country, race walking and road running during a four-year cycle of World Championships and/or Cup events for each of these types of competition.