eam Nigeria on Sunday ended their campaign at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon, the United States, in 13th place out of 43 countries that participated.
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.
Team Nigeria indeed saved their best for the last day of the championships after what seemed like another poor outing for the country at the event.
This was when Amusan broke 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.
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 would go on to celebrate 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 third best African team at the championships behind Ethiopia and Kenya.
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 three times as many as any other country in the competition and more than any single country has ever won at a world championships.