In the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting in New York on Sunday, Bahamian sprint hurdler Devynne Charlton made history with a stunning world record of 7.67 in the 60m hurdles. This remarkable feat took 0.01 off the previous world record set by Susanna Kallur exactly 16 years and one day ago.
Charlton had been in excellent form since the beginning of her 2024 campaign, with strong runs in Louisville and Boston leading up to her record-breaking performance in New York. With a strong start and a commanding lead over her rivals, Charlton crossed the finish line in first place, leaving her competitors behind.
Charlton expressed her disbelief and joy at her achievement, stating, “I heard the announcer say something that sounded like ‘world record’, but it didn’t hit me until I saw my name and time on the clock. I can’t describe that moment.” The achievement of her goal left her feeling on top of the world.
In the same race, two-time world indoor champion Nia Ali finished second, while two-time world champion Danielle Williams finished third. More details about the event are yet to come as Charlton’s record-breaking performance undergoes the usual ratification procedure.