Tobi Amusan broke the 25-year-old African record in the 60m hurdles

Tobi Amusan set an African women’s indoor 60m hurdles record after clocking 7.77 seconds at the Astana indoor meet in Kazakhstan.

The 26-year-old blasted through the indoor circuit on Saturday, breaking the record of 7.82 seconds set by Gloria Alozie in Madrid, Spain in 1999.

Amusan finished first in the final ahead of Nia Ali of the USA and Ireland’s Sarah Lavin who finished second and third.

The performance was Nigeria’s opening event of the new athletics season after a bittersweet end to its 2023 campaign.

During the build-up to the 2023 World Athletics Championships, she was provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unity (AIU) for allegedly «missing three tests in 12 months».

Her participation in the world championships was in jeopardy until she was cleared of the charges three days before the competition.

Amusan did not defend her world title in Budapest after finishing sixth in the final at the National Athletics Center in Budapest, Hungary.

However, she emerged from the controversy to win her third consecutive Diamond League trophy.

Amusan, who topped the world 100m hurdles in 2022, will be hoping for her first ever Olympic medal when the Games begin in Paris in June.

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