The 2 time world champion, Karsten Warholm created history as he broke the longest standing world record in men’s track, the 400m hurdles world record. The 29 year old clocked a time of 46:70s at the Diamond League in Oslo on Thursday.
The previous record was held by America’s Kevin Young, a time of 46:78s, which was set at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Warholm now holds 7 of the 15 fastest times in the world. Last week, Rai Benjamin ran the second fastest time in the world, 46:83s, at the US Track and Field Trials.
“It’s older than me,” Warholm on breaking 400m hurdles world record
The 25 year old Warholm broke the 29 year old world record, creating history. “I knew that I had a fast time in my body — it feels like it as been there for a long time but you never know when it is right to do it. And it is one thing to ono you have it in you and another to go out and do it.” Warholm told NBC Sports.
“This was just the perfect moment. Everybody’s talking about this world record, it has been standing for many, many years. It’s older than me, actually. It is very special to do it here at the Bislett Games in front of a great crowd including my friends and family.”
Warholm admits however, that he may have to be faster at the Olympics, to gain a gold medal in the 400m hurdles. The 400m hurdles will be an exciting race at the Tokyo Olympics, with three out of four of the fastest men in history, Karsten Warholm, Rai Benjamin and Abderrahman Samba going up against each other.