EUGENE, Oregon (KTSM) – What a day for former UTEP Track and Field star Tobi Amusan.
Amusan captured a first place finish in the women’s 100-meter hurdles final at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday. With the result, Amusan became Nigeria’s first world champion in the competition.
The gold medal was the cherry on top of a record-setting day for Amusan. In heat one of the semifinal round, which was earlier in the day, Amusan ran to a first place finish with a 12.12 time. Her time set a new world record.
Less than two hours later, Amusan hustled to another first place finish in the final. She posted a 12.06 time, which was an improvement to her world record time of 12.12, but it was not counted as a world record due to the time being wind-aided.
Regardless of that, Amusan accomplished an amazing, incredible feat in the sport, as she set two of the fastest times in the event’s history and captured a gold medal.
Amusan became the first Nigerian to win a world title.
Amusan is the second former UTEP Track and Field star to shine on one of the world’s biggest stages this weekend, as Emmanuel Korir won gold in the men’s 800-meter in the World Athletics Championships on Saturday.
UTEP’s Jevaughn Powell was also in action at the World Championships, as he ran the third leg on Jamaica’s 4x400m relay that took a silver medal in a 2:58.58. Powell ran a 44.79 split.