NIGERIAN, TOBI AMUSAN, BECOMES 2017’S FASTEST HURDLER

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[Texas]–Nigerian hurdler, Tobi Amusan, now has the record of the fastest 100m hurdle time (12.63) in the world for 2017 following her race on Saturday, March 25.

Amusan who was a 2016 Rio Olympics semi-finalist clocked a 12.63 seconds lifetime and 2017 world leading 100m hurdles record on Saturday afternoon at the University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP) Springtime meet held at the school ground, the Kidd Field.

The time, which broke a 34-year-old UTEP record, also shot the sprint hurdler up as the second fastest Nigerian of all-time in the event behind African and Nigerian record medalist, Gloria Alozie (12.44).

The Nigerian told journalists she wasn’t surprised she ran that fast.

“It felt so good, so easy. I wasn’t surprised, I’ve been working hard ever since I got back from (indoor) nationals. I don’t go into competitions with the idea of running a time. I go into competition trying to execute my race. It showed.”

When asked if she knew how fast she had run, “I didn’t have any idea,” she said.

Putting her time in perspective, it would have tied as the 10th best time in the world and the best in the NCAA.

Amusan’s coach, Lacena Golding-Clarke, was full of praises for the young Nigerian who is looking like a contender at the World Championships later this year.

“I’m so, so happy for her. I was thinking maybe a sub-13, maybe a 12.90 we can work with, but to run 12.63 as a sophomore – that’s better than my (personal record).

“I ran pro for 11 years and my best was 12.65. And she’s just a sophomore,” the excited coach told the El Paso Times.




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