The two-time world champion Karsten Warholm broke a 29-year-old world record over 400 m hurdles, the oldest record in the men’s track.
The Norwegian drove 46.70 seconds at a Diamond League meeting in Oslo on Thursday. The American Kevin Young held the record of 46.78 from the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. “It could take another world record to win the Olympics,” said Warholm, according to the organizers of the meeting. “Right now there are rarely so many great guys, all aiming to do it and win gold.”
Last week, Rai Benjamin ran the second fastest time in history at the US Olympic Trials with 46.83 points .
“I knew I had a quick time in my body – it feels like it’s been there a long time, but you never know when it is right to do it,” said Warholm. “And it’s one thing to have it in you and another to go out and do it.”
Benjamin, who took silver behind Warholm at the 2019 World Cup, has three of the top 15 times in the History.
Abderrahman Samba from Qatar, who finished third in 2019, is the fourth fastest man in history behind Warholm, Young and Benjamin.
At the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Warholm, Benjamin and Samba will be for the first time compete against each other since the 2019 World Cup. Before that, Warholm and Benjamin will meet at a Diamond League in Monaco on July 9th.
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