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2024 World Indoor Championships: No wild card chance for Amusan, Brume

Nigeria’s track and field superstars, Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume will not have the chance to be offered a wild card entry for the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in 2024 following the release of the scoring disciplines for the 2023 indoor season.

The scoring disciplines on the World Athletics Indoor Tour rotate each year and for 2023, the Gold level scoring disciplines do not include the women’s 60m hurdles and long jump events.

Only the winner of each scoring discipline at the end of the 2023 World Indoor tour will be awarded a $10,000 bonus. They will also be offered a wild card entry for the World Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 24.

This means Amusan who skipped the indoor season in 2022 and Brume who won a silver medal at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in March will have to secure qualification by meeting the qualification standard that will be released by World Athletics.

It however does not mean the duo cannot feature in the seven Gold level meetings which kicks off in Karlsruhe, Germany on 27 January, 2023.

What it means is that the 60m hurdles and the long jump will not be scoring events at the meetings.

Interestingly, Amusan, the reigning World 100m hurdles champion and record holder set her 7.84 seconds personal best in the 60m hurdles in Karlsruhe in January 2020.

The African and Commonwealth Games champion will have to take her bid to break the 7.82 seconds African record held by Glory Alozie to any of the Silver, Bronze and Challenger meetings.

Like Amusan, Brume will also have to look beyond the gold level meetings to break Chioma Ajunwa’s 6.97m African record.

The 26 year old set a new 6.85m personal best in the long jump event to win the World Indoor Championships silver medal in March.

Only last year, Brume smashed the 7.12m African record set by Ajunwa at the Atlanta Olympics with her 7.17m leap at the Chula Vista event in California, USA.

It was the same year Amusan also broke Alozie’s 12.44 seconds African record in the sprint hurdles.

She ran a new 12.42 seconds African record on her way to her historic Diamond League win in Zurich, Switzerland.

Gold level scoring disciplines

Women: 60m, 800m, 3000m/5000m, pole vault, triple jump, shot put

Men: 400m, 1500m, 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump

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