Amusan returns with a bang, shatters 25-year African records at Astana Indoor Meet in Kazakhstan

Posted : 28 January 2024

Nigeria's reigning queen of the track has shrugged off her drug-related woes as she posted a remarkable new African women’s 60-metre hurdles indoor record with a time of 7.77 seconds.


Amusan achieved this feat at the Astana Indoor Meet in Kazakhstan on Saturday.


At the Kazakhstan meet, Amusan bettered her fellow Nigerian Gloria Alozie’s longstanding continental mark of 7.82 seconds set in 1999.


The 26-year-old stormed to victory in the 60m hurdles final ahead of American Nia Ali and Ireland’s Sarah Lavin.


Amusan, apparently unfazed by the AIU appeal against her, posted the record to silence her doubters.


This was Nigeria’s opening race of the 2023 athletic season after Amusan’s rollercoaster finish last year. She was provisionally suspended before the World Championships for missed drug tests but was later cleared.


Amusan then failed to defend her 100m hurdles world title, finishing sixth in Budapest. However, she ended the year on a high note by winning her third consecutive Diamond League trophy.


The new 60m hurdles record continues Amusan’s rise as a trailblazer for African female sprint hurdlers.


In 2022, she became the first Nigerian to win a World Athletics Championship gold. She also broke the women’s 100m hurdles world record en route to that triumph.

 

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