Team Nigeria ended their campaign at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon, US in 18th place out of 43 countries that participated.
Track star, Tobi Amusan’s record-breaking performance in the 100 metres hurdles and Ese Brume’s impressive effort in the women’s long jump ensured Nigeria finished on a high note.
Despite the poor outing for team Nigeria at the event, Amusan was able to break the 100m hurdles world record in the semi-finals with an astonishing 12.12 seconds and followed up with a (+2.5) wind assisted 12.06 seconds to win Nigeria’s first gold medal at the championships.
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The feat by the 25-year-old meant that she made history as the first Nigerian to win a world title and an unprecedented world record in one day.
Team Nigeria also celebrated another podium finish in the long jump with Ese Brume’s extraordinary effort.
The Commonwealth and African record-holder long jumper leapt over 7.02m to clinch the silver medal, behind rival Malika Mihambo of Germany, who jumped a record 7.12m for the gold medal.
The victory for the team on Sunday also meant Nigeria finished as the fourth best African team at the championships behind Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Ethiopia and Kenya each finished the world championships with a total of 10 medals.
Ethiopia led the way in second place with four gold medals, the second most by any country, while Kenya finished in fourth place. Uganda finished 14th position on the table with three medals.
The US ended the competition with a total of 33 medals, more than any single country has ever won at a world championships.
culled from Linda ikeji