100m Hurdles: Gold and the world record for Tobi Amusan

The 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon, July 15 to 24, 2022, ended with a good harvest of medals for Africa which amounts to 9 Gold, 12 Silver, 7 Bronze. In Doha, during the previous championships, the African continent counted 9 gold, 8 silver, 10 bronze.

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan (25) particularly distinguished herself, writing a new page in athletics and becoming the first African woman to be crowned as world champion and world record holder in 100m Hurdles.


It was a real shock wave that hit the track during this event. Tobi Amusan had announced the color by offering a new world record in 12''12 in the semi-finals, erasing at the same time the best performance of all time held by America’s Kendra Harrison (12''20) since 2016. One hour later, the Nigerian returned to the track to fly over the final in 12''06 and offer her country the only gold medal of the Oregon championships. However, this time will not be approved due to too favorable wind (2.5 m/s). The feat is all the more sensational as the young African "hurdler" was ahead of Jamaican Britany Anderson (12''23) and Puerto Rican Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (12''23), the defending Olympic champion, on the podium. Amusan had set a new personal and African record (12’’40) on Saturday during the heats.

The last day of the “World championships 2022” was auspicious for Africa, because in addition to Gold in the 100m hurdles, medals were won by new stars from the continent. Nigeria's Ese Brume, who had already won bronze at the 2019 Olympics and World Championships, moved up to silver with a season’s best to 7.02m on her third jump. Brume was the first to reach more than seven meters when she performed a jump of 7m02 on her third attempt and momentarily found herself in gold medal position. She was striving for Nigeria's first gold medal in this event but ultimately missed out. The title went to the defending world champion, the German Malaiko Mihambo (7m12). Brazilian Leticia Oro Melo (6m89) is third.

Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigsten deprived Africa of the supreme title in the 5000m. Ingebrigtsen went faster in the final kilometer to win in 13’09’’24. Kenya's Jacob Krop won silver in 13’09’’98, while Uganda's Oscar Chelimo took bronze in 13’10’’20. The other Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei, world record holder in the 5000m and 10,000m, missed his final. But he can be satisfied with the title won in the 10,000 m in Eugene.

Kenya’s Mary Moraa (1’56’’71) added a bronze medal to Africa in the 800m final. Gold went to America’s Athing Mu (1'56''30), British Keely Hodgkinson (1'56''38) won silver.

Three world records were recorded at these championships by Sweden's Armand Duplantis (6.21m Pole Vault), America’s Sydney McLaughlin (50''68 in the 400m hurdles) and Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan (12''12 in the 100m hurdles).

The United States, with 13 Gold, 9 Silver, 11 Bronze, is first in the Medal Table followed by Ethiopia (4 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze) and Jamaica (2 Gold, 7 Silver, 1 Bronze).

African medals

Ethiopia: 4 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze

Kenya: 2 Gold, 5 Silver, 3 Bronze

Nigeria: 1 Gold, 1 Silver

Uganda: 1 Gold, 2 Bronze

Morocco: 1 Gold

Algeria: 1 Silver

Burkina Faso: 1 Silver

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