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Women Championship; “Records Are Meant To Be Broken”- American Sprinter Who Saw Her World Record Smashed By Nigeria’s Taiwo Amusan Finally Breaks Silence

Tobi Amusan of Nigeria has been congratulated by former world record holder Kendra Harrison American sprinter.

Harrison saw her record of six years smashed by the Nigerian, who won gold at the World Athletics Championships and stated that records are meant to be broken as she admitted that the Nigerian holds the new world record now.

Former world record holder in Women’s 100m Hurdles, Kendra Harrison, has congratulated Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan for her feat at the just concluded World Athletics Championships. Amusan crossed the line in 12.12 seconds to beat Harrison’s 2016 world record by 0.08 seconds in the 100 Women’s Hurdles.

Complete Sports reports that Amusan has now become the first Nigerian to set a world record as she further cemented her place in history, winning the gold medal after running a wind-aided 12.06 seconds in the final to win the race.

Kendra Harrison opened her 2016 indoor season winning the 60 metres hurdles in Lexington, Kentucky, Karlsruhe, Germany and Glasgow in 7.92. In a tightly competed race at the 2016 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Harrison took second place by one hundredth of a second to Brianna Rollins, setting a personal record of 7.77 seconds and moving herself into 13th place on the all-time lists. At the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships one week later, Harrison led the qualifying with 7.81 seconds. However, in the final she hit the first hurdle heavily and never recovered, ending in eighth while Nia Ali (the least favoured American) took the title.

She began the outdoor season in April with the fastest opener recorded by a hurdler, 12.36 seconds, to go up to ninth on the all-time lists.[17] A run of 12.42 followed at the start of May. Then at the Prefontaine Classic in late May she perfectly cleared all the hurdles and won in a time of 12.24 seconds – the second fastest time in history after Yordanka Donkova‘s world record of 12.21 from 1988. She was favored to win the 100 m hurdles at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials in early July, but only placed sixth in 12.62 and missed qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro; the three spots on the American Olympic team went to Rollins, Kristi Castlin and Ali.

Kendra Harrison

Harrison broke the 100 m world record on July 22, 2016 at the London Müller Anniversary Games, running 12.20 (+0.3 m/s) to lower Donkova’s mark by one one-hundredth of a second; Rollins, Castlin and Ali placed second, third and fourth in the race. The trackside clock in the record race initially stopped at 12.58, the unadjusted time of runner-up Rollins, as Harrison ducked under the timing beam at the finish line.

America’s Harrison took to Twitter to congratulate the 25-year-old Nigerian:

“Congrats to Evaglobal1 [Oluwatobiloba Amusan], records are meant to be broken and you smashed mine. Glad to see the record gets to stay in the Addidas fam.”

It was gathered that German sportswear and equipment company Addidas is responsible for kitting both Harrison and Amusan. Harrison also thanked her fans and acknowledged that Amusan has raised the bar for all sprint hurdlers. She added:

“I appreciate all the love and support!!. Mentally and physically I couldn’t have been more prepared, those wood hurdles are unforgiving !!. The bar has been raised and that’s exciting.”

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