Karsten Warholm breaks world record enroute to 400mH gold in Tokyo

Karsten Warholm reacts after breaking the world record in Tokyo.

Tokyo: Norway’s Karsten Warholm smashed his own world record at the Tokyo Olympics to win gold in the men’s 400m hurdles gold on Tuesday. Warholm recorded 45.94s to win the race, which will go down as one of the most memorable races in history.

The USA’s Rai Benjamin took silver in 46.17s and Brazil’s Alison dos Santos took bronze in 46.72s. “This is so crazy,” said Warholm. “It’s by far the biggest moment of my life. I’ve been training like a f***ing maniac. I struggled to sleep last night because I had this special feeling in my chest.

“It’s like the feeling I had as a six-year-old on Christmas Eve. It’s a feeling you think you’ll never have again as you get older. But I had it last night. I was so focused on getting that last medal in my collection and now it’s all complete,” added the two-time world champion. “I need to set myself new goals, I don’t think I’m done yet.”

Meanwhile, in the men’s long jump, Germany’s Malaika Mihambo took gold while American Brittney Reese bagged silver. Nigerian Ese Brume clinched bronze.


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