Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan causes stir after world document win


Amusan got here in with a document time of 12.12 seconds, beating Kendra Harrison’s 2016 document of 12.20 by zero.eight of a second.

She went on to bag gold within the last, although her preliminary ending time of 12.06 was dominated out as a result of sturdy wind speeds.

Amusan’s world document despatched shockwaves via the athletics world.

“Wow” tweeted Jamaican observe and discipline nice Usain Bolt, whereas 200m champion and American document holder Noah Lyles tweeted: “12.12 are you kidding me?” Each congratulated her on Twitter.

In November 2016, the now-25 yr outdated tweeted: “Unknown now however quickly I will probably be unforgettable, I’ll persist till I succeed.”

“I couldn’t consider it once I noticed it on the display after the semis. However it was only a matter of time,” Amusan instructed reporters Sunday.

Her win — Nigeria’s first gold at such an occasion — was met with pleasure, with congratulations pouring in from a state governor and a presidential candidate within the upcoming 2023 elections.

However some expressed skepticism on the race, which noticed quite a few rivals run their finest occasions ever.

“I do not consider 100h occasions are appropriate. World document damaged by .08! 12 PBs set. 5 Nationwide information set,” four-time Olympic gold medalist and BBC commentator Michael Johnson wrote on Twitter, including that Nice Britain’s Cindy Sember commented that she had been operating sluggish on the time of her private finest and nationwide document.

“All athletes regarded shocked,” the previous 200 and 400 meter runner mentioned.

“Warmth 2 we have been first proven successful time of 12.53. Few seconds later it exhibits 12.43. Rounding down by .01 is regular. .10 is just not,” he mentioned.

Johnson acquired swift and fierce backlash for his feedback, and later returned to Twitter to make clear additional, stating that he had predicted that Amusan would win.

“As a commentator my job is to remark. In questioning the occasions of 28 athletes (not 1 athlete) by questioning if the timing system malfunctioned, I used to be attacked, accused of racism, and of questioning the expertise of an athlete I respect and predicted to win. Unacceptable. I transfer on,” he mentioned.

CNN has reached out to World Athletics for remark.





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