Two world records fall, the United States won three gold medals on the last night

Nearly one year ago at the Tokyo Olympics, Toby Amosan finished the women’s 100m hurdles in the worst place she could finish in a track and field main event: fourth.

On Sunday during the final session of the 2022 World Championships in Athletics, Amosan, the Nigerian former NCAA champion in Texas El Paso, spent the evening of her life.

Amosan ran in the first of three semi-final qualifiers, stunning and tracking fans by posting 12.12 seconds, breaking the world record of 12.20 set by American Kendra Harrison in 2016.

July 24, 2022; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Toby Amosan (NGR) celebrated after setting a new world record in the women’s 100m hurdles preliminaries during the IAAF Oregon 22 World Championships at Hayward Field. Mandatory credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The finals were less than two hours away, and while the world record was impressive, Amosan and seven other women in the hurdle final were there to win the gold medal.

If Amosan was mentally preoccupied or mentally preoccupied with an exciting semi-final, she definitely wouldn’t be able to tell that in the final. Amosan came close to competing with American Alia Armstrong and Jamaican Briton Anderson in the first four hurdles, slipping away from fifth and maintaining the lead to win the world championship.

Her time of 12.06 seconds was another incredible mark, but since the wind gauge during the race was +2.5 meters per second, it would not be considered an official world record; Only wind readings +2.0 or less are official.

Amosan is the first man or woman from Nigeria to win a gold medal in the world.

Silver and bronze medals are set in milliseconds as Anderson held the silver at 12.224 and Puerto Rican gold medalist Yasmin Camacho Quinn in Tokyo took the bronze at 12.229.

As she crossed the finish line in the semi-finals, Amosan couldn’t believe what she was seeing on the giant roadside clock, frozen at 12.12. Her hands were open and her mouth was open. After a few seconds I started screaming and hugged Jamaican Danielle Williams.

The three semi-races were great across the board. Of the 24 women who competed, there were four national records and seven other women with the best lifetime results as well as the Amusan world mark.

While the United States were disqualified from medals in the 100-meter hurdles, the Americans were not disqualified for the night.

20-year-old Athing Moe of New Jersey became the first American woman to win world gold in the 800m, beating Britain’s Kelly Hodgkinson. Mo’s time was from 1:56.30 to 1:56.38 for Hodgkinson. Kenya’s Marie Mora won the bronze with a time of 1 minute 56.71 minutes.

Mo was a gold medalist at last year’s Summer Olympics.

The United States won the last two races of the meet, the men’s and women’s 4×400m relay. The guys – Elijah Goodwin, Michael Norman, Bryce Deadmon and champion Allison – took the baton in 2:56.17, one of the fastest times in history.

For the women, Talitha Diggs, Abby Steiner, Delilah Muhammad and Sidney McLaughlin won the gold, with a time of 3:17.79, also one of the fastest times of all time. McLaughlin’s unreal leg was 47.91 seconds even when it wasn’t really pushed; The United States won by nearly 3 full seconds.

Since she competed in the preliminary round on Saturday, legend Alison Felix will also collect a gold medal, giving her up to 20 world medals in her career.

July 24, 2022;  Eugene, Oregon, USA;  Athing Mu (USA) celebrates after winning the women's 800m final during the Oregon 22 World Championships in Athletics at Hayward Field.  Mandatory credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

July 24, 2022; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Athing Mu (USA) celebrates after winning the women’s 800m final during the Oregon 22 World Championships in Athletics at Hayward Field. Mandatory credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Although the women’s relay race was the last consecutive event in the meet, the men’s pole vault was still wrapping up. Mundo Duplantis, the Louisiana-born genius who competes in Sweden, his mother’s home, has already won the gold but the bar is set at 6.21 meters (20 feet, 4.5 inches), which would raise the world record he held for over two years.

Duplantis didn’t get it on the first try, but the second time he sailed over the bar with plenty to save, fired a celebration from the crowd, and the young star, jumping off the landing mats, jumped a few steps to the ground. The track then did a frontal heart.

With the three gold medals on Sunday night plus a pole vault silver from Christopher Nielsen and a bronze decathlon from Zac Zimec, the United States finished the world championships with 33 medals, the most for a single country in the event’s nearly 40-year history.

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