Letsile Tebogo, Femke Bol: All the World Records Broken in 2024 Ahead of Glasgow

Letsile Tebogo, Femke Bol: All the World Records Broken in 2024 Ahead of Glasgow

Martin Moses
updated at February 25, 2024 at 9:03 AM
  • Letsile Tebogo obliterated the 300m world record in South Africa on February 17
  • A total of five world records have already been set this year ahead of the Olympics
  • Femke Bol and Grant Holloway improved on their existing records with new times

The 2024 athletics season is only a few weeks old, but from the foregoing, it is set to be a spectacular year.

Athletes have ramped up their training schedules in what is expected to be a congested year.

The World Indoor Championships in Glasgow will be the first major event before the Continental Gold Tour and Diamond League events take over.

 Devynne Charlton, Letsile Tebogo, World Indoor Championships, Agnes Ngetich, Kelvin Kiptum, Grant Holloway, Femke Bol, Tia Jones
Devynne Charlton celebrates after setting a new world record in the women's 60m hurdles on February 11. Photo by Al Bello.
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The 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, France, is set to be the highlight of the season.

But even with a long way to go, a couple of athletes have brought their A-game in the few games they have participated in so far, setting new world records, pending ratification from World Athletics.

World records broken in 2024

At a time when the world is still mourning the tragic death of the men's world marathon record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, Sports Brief takes a look at all the records that have already been broken in 2024.

1. Agnes Ngetich - 10 kilometres

Agnes Ngetich got the gong going for 2024 by smashing the 10-kilometre road race at the Valencia Ibercaja on January 14.

She became the first woman to run the race below 29 minutes after she clocked 28:46, shaving 28 seconds off the previous record held by Ethiopia's Yalemzerf Yehualaw.

2. Devynne Charlton and Tia Jones - 60m hurdles

Devynne Charlton put the world on notice of what kind of season to expect from her after she clocked 7.67 seconds to set a new world record in the 60m hurdles.

The Bahamian sprinter obliterated the field at the Millrose Games in the United States on February 11. Susanna Kallur has held the record at 7.68 seconds for the last 16 years.

"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."

However, it didn't take long before Tia Jones dropped a similar time to join Charlton as a joint world record holder. Jones set the time at the US Indoor Championships in Albuquerque on February 16.

3. Grant Holloway - 60m hurdles

Grant Holloway broke his own record, taking off 0.02 seconds to run 7.27 seconds - the fastest time ever in the race - at the US Indoor Championships.

Holloway's previous record was set in 2021 in Madrid. The American is unbeaten in the race for ten years running.

4. Femke Bol - 400m indoor

The Dutch runner picked up from where she left off last season, blazing to a world record in the 400m indoor at her country's indoor championships.

Bol clocked 49.24 seconds to break her own record of 49.26 seconds, which she set last year. It is the sixth time the 23-year-old has dipped under 50 seconds in her career.

5. Letsile Tebogo - 300m

He has been christened the African Usain Bolt, and in light of his performances in Budapest last year and his new world record, it is hard to argue.

The Motswana athlete cruised to a world record in 300m by running 30.69 seconds in South Africa. This was better than the previous record held by Wayde van Niekerk of 30.81 seconds set in 2017. The best time Bolt ever ran in the race was 30.97 seconds.

And the second month of the season is barely over.

Ferdinand Omanyala's 2024 plans

Sports Brief has also reported that Africa's fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala, is confident ahead of the World Indoor Champioships in Glasgow.

Omanyala has already run and won two races in the 60m in France as he prepares to face other world beaters in Scotland from March 1 to 3.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)