Norway’s Warholm sets stunning 400m hurdles world record
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Karsten Warholm of Norway wins the men's 400-metre hurdles, setting a world record.
Karsten Warholm of Norway wins the men's 400-metre hurdles, setting a world record.

NORWAY’S Karsten Warholm ran a stunning men’s 400m hurdles race to obliterate his previous world record and take gold at Tokyo 2020.
Warholm, 25, finished in 45.94 seconds to slash more than seven-tenths off his old record, while American Rai Benjamin was hot on his heels to win silver having also beaten the previous record. Warholm had set the previous world record of 46.70 in Oslo in July. Brazil’s Alison dos Santos took the bronze medal with a time of 46.72.
“You know the cliche that it hasn’t sunk in yet? I don’t think it has but I feel ecstatic,” Warholm, who now holds the European, world and Olympic titles, told BBC Sport.
“I can’t believe the time, it’s so fast! A lot of the time I am asked about the perfect race … I said it didn’t exist, but this is the closest I’ve ever come.
“I told myself going into the race, remember all the work you have put in. It was the only thing missing from my (medal) collection.
“I can’t describe how important this is for me. This is what I do morning until night – it’s huge.”
It was tipped to be one of the most exhilarating races at the Games after Benjamin had come within five-hundredths of a second of taking the then-world record in winning the U.S. trials this summer. Warholm established a strong lead when he raced out of the blocks but Benjamin threatened to claw him back before the Norwegian’s final push for the line.
He roared with delight when he looked up at the screen to see his time, ripped his shirt in celebration and posed for photographs next to the new world record. (BBC Sport)

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