JapanFirst place in the men’s 400m hurdles final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with 45 seconds 94 am on August 3, Karsten Warholm won a gold medal, breaking his own world record.

Norwegian athlete breaks 400m hurdles world record

On July 1, a month before the competition in Tokyo, Warholm attended the Bislett Games 2021 – an event of the famous IAAF Diamond League track and field system – in Oslo, and set a world record. With 46 seconds and 70 that day, this 25-year-old runner broke the men’s 400m hurdles record that has existed for 29 years, set by former US athlete Kevin Young at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

But that new world record lasted only 34 more days, before Warholm himself set a new milestone, with 0.76 seconds faster in the Tokyo 2020 final this morning.

Warholm reacted to the second best start signal – 0.154 seconds, just 0.001 seconds behind Italian runner Alesandro Sibilio. However, at about the first 150m, the Norwegian record holder has not shown superiority.

Rai Benjamin fiercely competed with Warholm in the last two hurdles of the finals on the morning of August 3.  Photo: Reuters

Rai Benjamin fiercely competed with Warholm in the last two hurdles of the finals on the morning of August 3. Photo: Reuters

It was not until the second half of the race that Warholm broke out. But he was still fiercely competed by American athlete Rai Benjamin, sometimes rising to catch up at the ninth and 10th hurdles. However, after overcoming the 10th and final hurdle, Warholm sped up spectacularly, and then broke out at the last 20 meters of the run, to finish first.

When he reached the finish line, Warholm celebrated his victory in the familiar way – a look of surprise – that has been with him since the first time he stepped into the light, finishing first at the 2017 World Championship, and when he was sure he had just set a record. new world through the announcement on the electronic board, Warholm shouted, excitedly ripping off his shirt, then sat down on the field, crying with his face in his hands.

Warholm's familiar victory expression after finishing first.  Photo: AP

Warholm’s familiar victory expression after finishing first. Photo: AP

Warholm ripped his shirt off after learning he had just set a new world record.

Warholm ripped his shirt off after learning he had just set a new world record.

Rai Benjamin finished second. But thanks to a fierce competition with Warholm, the American athlete also set the best personal record (PB) with 46 seconds 17. This parameter is up to 53% faster than Warholm’s record of 46 seconds 70 in Oslo today. 1/7.

Brazilian athlete Alison dos Santos received a bronze medal with a time of 46 seconds 72. This final saw up to six of the eight athletes compete or set a world record, or a continental or national record.

The final result of the men's 400m hurdles Olympic Tokyo 2020 morning 3/8.

The final result of the men’s 400m hurdles Olympic Tokyo 2020 morning 3/8.

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