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Tobi Amusan Breaks World Record for 60-meter Hurdle

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan has bounced back from last year’s heartbreak to win the African women’s indoor 60-meter hurdles.

But Amusan did not only win, she set a new groundbreaking record of 7.77s, what Nigeria’s Sports Minister John Enoh called an “amazing accomplishment.”

The Nigerian hurdler defied expectations when she raced to sixth place in the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

At the Qazaqstan Athletics Sports Complex in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Saturday, Jan. 27, Amusan breezed past American Nia Ali and Ireland’s Sarah Lawin, who finished second and third, respectively.

Enoh said, in a congratulatory message on X, that Amusan, 26, retired the 7.82s record set by Nigeria’s legendary sprint hurdler Glory Alozie in 1999 at the women’s 60m hurdles in Madrid, Spain.

“You’ve shown us all what true athleticism looks like. Congratulations superstar,” Enoh wrote on Saturday.

Ezinwanne Onwuka reports for TruthNigeria from Abuja.

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