Karsten Warholm breaks Kevin Youngs 29-year-old 400 Hurdles record.
Norway’s Karsten Warholm ran 46.70 seconds to set a new men’s 400m hurdles world record in front of his home crowd at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo.
Warholm beat 1992 Olympic champion Kevin Young’s mark of 46.78secs, the longest-standing record in men’s track. A recordset before he was born.
‘This was just a perfect moment.’
Warholm, who will compete against America’s Rai Benjamin and Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba as the three favorites for the Olympic title in Tokyo, said:
“I knew that I had fast times in my body for a long time, but it’s one thing to know you’re in good shape and another to go out and perform.
“This was just a perfect moment, everyone’s talking about this world record that’s been standing for many, many years – it’s older than me actually.
“I knew I had it in me but of course it’s very special to do it, I’m just really happy and really proud, it’s an amazing moment.”
Warholm’s record came just days after 21-year-old American Sydney McLaughlin set a new women’s 400m hurdles world record with a time of 51.90 seconds in the final of the US Olympic athletics trials in Oregon.
Can he run 46.50?
The question is Warholm anywhere near done after answering back Rai Benjamin’s 46.83 at the US Trials. With a 46.70, can with the push from Benjamin even further lower the world record to 46.50 at the Tokyo Olympics Next Month.
Karsten Warholm closes in on 400 Hurdles World Record
Karsten Warholm, 24 of Norway, became the only man in History to run 2 Sub 47.00 runs. He closed in on Kevin Young’s (USA) 46.82 28-year-old record improving his PB from 46.92 to 46.87.
Warholm drew the outside lane of 8. After winning in Monaco Diamond League in 47.10, he again dominated the field, winning by over 2 seconds with Wilfried Happio of France a well-beaten second in 49.14.
Warholm mark was an Area Record, World Lead, Diamond League Record, Meet Record, and PB. Warholm went through the first 300m in just under 33 seconds. Knocking over the last hurdle may have even cost him a little bit of time.
Warholm, originally a decathlete, channeled all his efforts into the 400 Hurdles a few seasons ago. Warholm broke the Meet Record of Abderrahman Samba (Qatar) set in 2018.
What made it even more impressive was that Warholm showed no signs of fatigue and came back later in the evening to win the 400m as well in 45.05. Just outside his 44.87 PB from 2017.
Femke Bol, 20 of Netherlands, was the European Under 20 Champion in 2019 after moving up from 100/200 to 400/400 Hurdles. Won the Women’s event in 54.69, her 5th of 5 wins for the year. 33-year-old Veteran Sara Slott Peterson of Switzerland was giving a yellow card warning.
Luminoso Bogoliolo of Italy won the 100 Hurdles in 12.88, the only athlete in the field below 13 seconds.
Winning a race that included a lot of Hepthathletes, including reigning world champion Katharina Johnson-Thompson of Italy. Bogoliolo made use of having the best 100 M PB 11.74 in the field and didn’t clip a single hurdle.
Lotta Harala of Finland was second in 13.07 in a PB. Mette Gravesgaard of Denmark took third in a new national record of 13.13. Johnson-Thompson faded to 6th in 13.94.
World Record Holder Armand Duplantis of Sweden extended his dominating form with a world leader in the Pole Vault to 6.01m. He broke a 21-year-old meet record of Rodion Gataullin of the Soviet Union 5.95m. Ben Broeders was a distant second with 5.73m.
Yaroslava Mahuchikh (2001) of Ukraine set the world junior record in the High Jump last year at 2.04m. Took the world lead with a 2.00m win. Yuliya Levchenko, her countrywoman, was 2nd in 1.98m.
In the Women’s 100m, Ajla Del Ponte of Switzerland continued her fine winning form, winning her 7th of 7 races this year in 11.20. From Van Hunenstijn of Netherlands 11.28 and Talou of Ivory Coast 11.32. Wadeline Jonathas (USA) won the 400m in 51.94.
With the absence of Noah Lyles, Adam Gemili (GBR) won the 200m in 20.61.
Donovan Brazier (US) comfortably strode away to win the 800m in 1:43.76 after his win in Monaco and 600m in Hungary.
Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya took another win in the 1500m in 3:30.25 from his much younger rival Jakob Ingebrigsten of Denmark 3:30.77.
It was a close Men’s Long Jump, with home-country favorite Thobias Montler of Sweden winning in 8.13m, from Samaai of South Africa 8.09m, and Pulli of Finland 8.02m.
Holly Bradshaw of the USA won over Sweden’s Angelica Bengtsson of Sweden in the Pole Vault 4.69m to 4.62m.
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