Athletics | 2021 Olympics: Warholm breaks the men’s 400m hurdles world record in a scintillating race
NOTorway Karsten Warholm broke the men’s 400m hurdles world record on Tuesday in a thrilling final at the Tokyo Olympics.
Warholm ran in 45.94 seconds, breaking the seemingly impossible barrier of under 46 seconds, placing him in the lore of the 400m hurdles.
Rai Benjamin was second with a time of 46.17 seconds, a time that would have been enough to set the world record himself without Warholm.
The bronze went to the Brazilian Alison dos santos in a time of 46.72, which would also have beaten Kevin Youngs Olympic record that was held prior to this race (46.78).
Warholm came out like a bullet and had already caught Dos Santos after the first 50 meters.
Benjamin, who was in lane five, was catching up Warholm and looked to pass the Norwegian at the last hurdle, but for Warholm to find additional equipment and get away from the American.
After two defeats, one in 2019 and the other at the Doha World Cup, Benjamin now knows he has to play the Norwegians’ game and not leave an ounce of energy in his body.
The 400m hurdles will be one of the flagship events of the Tokyo Olympics after the world record has been broken, and there is even more exciting action to come in Wednesday’s women’s race.
In the other final, Tuesday morning, the German Malaika Mihambo snatched gold from the Americans Britney reese with her last jump in the women’s long jump.
Mihambo successfully jumped 7.00m, while Reese won silver with a jump of 6.97m and bronze went to Nigerian Ese Mist.