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Hurdler Warholm gains iconic status

Sports 04 Aug, 2021 Follow News

Karsten Warholm obliterated his own record

Karsten Warholm’s stunning men's 400 metres hurdles race to obliterate his previous world record and take gold at Tokyo 2020 is being hailed as one of the greatest track and field accomplishments ever.

It’s up there with Bob Beamon’s sensational long jump in 1968 and Usain Bolt obliterating rivals in 2008.

The 25-year-old Norwegian 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 bronze in 46.72 secs and he too looked ecstatic.

Warholm now holds the European, world and Olympic titles. "I can't describe how important this is for me,” he said. This is what I do morning until night - it's huge."

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