Karsten Warlhom

Norwegian hurdler Karsten Warlhom, broke a 29-year-old world record in the 400m hurdles, the longest-standing record in men’s track.

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Warlhom, a two-time World Champion, clocked 46.70 seconds at a Diamond League meet in Oslo on Thursday (1 July). American Kevin Young held the record of 46.78 from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Speaking at the pre-event press conference, Warlhom highlighted the impact of top-class rivalries. “Your competitors are what really push you towards bigger things,” he said.

“If it was only me running quick times, I wouldn’t need to push it any further, but with people there running fast times, I need to take a step up as well.”

Dos Santos was second, improving his South American record to 47.38, and Turkey’s Yasmani Copello was third in 48.86.

Last week, Sydney McLaughlin ran a world record in the women’s 400m hurdles in 51.90. In contrast, Rai Benjamin ran 46.83 at the U.S. Olympic Trials, which was the second-fastest time in history before today.

Warlhom and Benjamin are setting up for a massive showdown in Tokyo for the Olympic Games.

The women’s sprints will also be hot with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sha’Carri Richardson, Gabby Thomas, Elaine Thompson, Shericka Jackson and Dina Asher-Smith.



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