Devynne Charlton made history at the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting in New York on Sunday (11) by breaking the world record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.67. The Bahamian sprint hurdler had been in excellent form leading up to the race, with strong runs in Louisville and Boston.
Charlton’s remarkable time took 0.01 off the previous world record set by Susanna Kallur exactly 16 years and one day ago. With a strong start and a commanding lead over her rivals, Charlton crossed the finish line in first place.
After her record-breaking run, Charlton expressed her disbelief and joy, 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 will be provided as Charlton’s record-breaking performance undergoes the usual ratification procedure.