The World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting in New York on Sunday (11) saw a historic moment in the world of track and field as Devynne Charlton broke the world record in the 60m hurdles with a stunning time of 7.67 seconds. Charlton, a Bahamian sprint hurdler, had been in excellent form leading up to the race, with strong runs in Louisville and Boston setting her up for this incredible achievement.
Charlton’s remarkable time took just 0.01 off the previous world record set by Susanna Kallur exactly 16 years and one day ago. With a commanding lead over her rivals from the start, Charlton crossed the finish line in first place, leaving her competitors behind.
The Bahamian athlete expressed her disbelief and joy at breaking the world record, saying, “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.” Charlton felt on top of the world after achieving her goal.
In addition to Charlton’s historic performance, two-time world indoor champion Nia Ali finished second, while two-time world champion Danielle Williams came in third place in the same race. More details about the event are expected to be released following its usual ratification procedure.