Nigerian sprint hurdles sensation Tobi Amusan has started the year with an incredible achievement, breaking a long-standing record in indoor athletics.
Amusan, who already holds the African, Commonwealth, and world records in women’s outdoor 100m hurdles, reached a new milestone at the World Indoor Tour in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The 26-year-old emerged victorious in the women’s 60m final, clocking an impressive 7.77 seconds. This breaks the previous record of 7.82 seconds set by Gloria Alozie in Madrid, Spain in 1999.
This accomplishment not only represents a new personal best for Amusan but also establishes a new African record in the event.
It adds to her already impressive list of achievements, as she had previously broken two of Alozie’s records at the Africa Championship and African Games.
Looking forward, Tobi Amusan now aims to compete in the World Indoor Championships in March, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Alozie and secure a podium finish.
The victory in Astana signifies a significant turnaround for Amusan, who has overcome controversy in the past.
That year, she was provisionally suspended for missing three drug tests within 12 months, a suspension lifted just days before the World Athletics Championship in Budapest, Hungary.
Despite setbacks, Amusan rebounded by winning her third consecutive Diamond League trophy in Eugene, Oregon, setting a world record in the semi-final with a time of 12.12 seconds.
While her 2023 World Championship title was relinquished to Jamaica’s Danielle Williams, Amusan continued her success by clinching gold at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in the 100m hurdles and the 4x100m relays.
As the Paris Olympics loom, Tobi Amusan enters June 2024 to secure her first-ever Olympic medal, building on her remarkable achievements in the world of hurdles.