Lacena Golding-Clarke, coach of the world record holder Tobi Amusan, has celebrated Amusan’s display in the 100m hurdles at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Amusan won the 100m hurdles gold medal on Sunday, setting a new games record of 12:30 seconds.
The 25-year-old retained the title she won in Gold Coast, Australia four years ago.
The win comes two weeks after she won the gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA.
Golding-Clarke could not hide her excitement at her trainee’s success. She tweeted a photo of Amusan which reads, “Two-time Commonwealth Games champion.”
Amusan and her Jamaican coach have been together since 2016. Born on March 20, 1975, Golding-Clarke represented Jamaica as a hurdling athlete at the Olympics in 1996, 2000 and 2004, and took part in the World Championships on five separate occasions.
Among her laurels, Golding-Clarke won gold for Jamaica in the 100m hurdles at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. She ran in 12.77 seconds.
Recalling the words of her coach, Amusan tweeted in 2020 when the world was battling with lockdowns over COVID-19 pandemic, “My coach taught me that when I walk into a room full of my rivals to look like I own the damn world record. She always reminds me that I’ve practiced hard to trust myself and translate that aggressiveness onto the track.”
Amusan clocked 12:12 seconds at the World Championships to break Kendra Harrison’s record. The American ran 12.20 seconds in 2016.
In 2017, the Ijedu-Ode-born sprinter told Making of Champions, “At this moment, Kendra [Harrison] owns the record and I don’t have any but she doesn’t have two heads. It will be good for me to run a PR or break the world record if she is not careful–just kidding…”