World records for Duplantis, Amusan

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Swedish pole pole vault supremo Mondo Duplantis has saved the best for last, closing the world championships in Eugene by breaking his own world record.

Minutes after another serial world record breaker, Sydney McLaughlin, anchored the US to victory in the women's 4x400m relay, Duplantis took centre stage.

He soared over 6.21m at the second attempt on Sunday, adding one centimetre to his previous best.

It was the second world record of the day after Nigerian gold medallist Tobi Amusan obliterated the previous mark in the semis of the women's 100m hurdles with a flying time of 12.12 seconds.

Amusan eclipsed the old record of 12.20 set by American Kendra Harrison in London six years ago.

"When I watched the record, I was like 'Whoa, who did that?'" Amusan said.

For a moment it looked like the Nigerian had broken the world mark twice in the space of two hours, but her winning time of 12.06 in the final was achieved with the aid of an illegal 2.5m per second tailwind.

Britany Anderson broke the Jamaican record twice in one day to claim the silver medal and reigning Olympic champ Jasmine Camacho-Quinn from Puerto Rico was third, with both minor medallists clocking 12.23.

As superb as Amusan's performance was, Duplantis is almost impossible to upstage.

He secured the gold medal with a first-up clearance at 6m, then soared over 6.06m, breaking Australian Dmitri Markov's 21-year-old championship record.

As it turned out, the Swede was only warming up, with the extraordinary 6.21m jump providing the perfect finale to the first world athletics championships held in the United States.

"Actually, I did not think about the record that much today," Duplantis said.

"Usually, it is always somewhere in the back of my mind but today I was really focused on the win and I really wanted to win the gold so badly.

"It was the medal I was missing.

"So when I was on this height, it was like everything came together and it happened from there."

American Christopher Nilsen claimed silver on countback over Ernest Obiena from the Philippines after both cleared 5.94m.

The only other world mark set in Eugene was McLaughlin's extraordinary run on of 50.68 in the women's 400m hurdles on Friday.

McLaughlin claimed her second gold by anchoring the US team to victory in the 4x400m relay final with a stunning split of 49.71.

"We had such a young team," said McLaughlin, the oldest of the quartet at 22.

"It was put together at the last minute and to see them all come together after such a long collegiate season, I am so grateful to be part of it."

Allyson Felix extended her record tally of world championships medals to 20, having briefly come out of retirement to run in the heats.

The dominant US sprint squad also won the men's 4x400m relay.

Five days after surprisingly being relegated to second in the men's 1500m, Norwegian powerhouse Jakob Ingebrigtsen won the 5000m in 13:09.24.

American Athing Mu (1:56.30) held off the challenge of Britain's Keely Hodgkinson to win gold in an exciting women's 800m final.

The host nation dominated the 10-day meet with 33 medals, including 13 golds.

Ethiopia was a distant second on the medals table with four golds and Australia was one of five countries to win two golds courtesy of high jumper Eleanor Patterson and javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Barber.

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