Norway’s Karsten Warholm turned heads at the Tokyo Olympics as he rewrote the world record to take home the gold medal in the 400m hurdles final. It was a surreal effort from the Norweigan who was in disbelief of the feat as he clocked 45.94s. The 2-time world champion had broke the longest standing world record in men’s track, the 400m hurdles world record at the Oslo Diamond League meet ahead of Tokyo 2020.
While Warholm has established himself as one of the greatest ever in the event, his countryman Jakob Ingebrigtsen questioned his ability and fitness. Ingebrigtsen is a middle distance runner and had bagged the gold medal in the men’s 1500m event at the Tokyo Olympics.
“He has not run more than 400m. He says he works a lot on fitness but not like we do. I don’t think he can run more than 350m,” Ingebrigtsen said.
Karsten Warholm replies to Jakob Ingebrigtsen comments
Humble Karsten Warholm came up with a fitting reply. The world record holder admits that he wont be able to beat Jakob Ingebrigtsen in a face off over 700m. But clarifies that he can definitely give him a run for his money over 350m. Warholm adds that their different abilities is something which should not be used to differentiate between athletes.
“I’ve never argued I could beat him over 700m. I can run more than 350m. We do two different things and are both very good at it. It must never be something divisive, but something unifying.”
The previous record in the 400m hurdles event was held by America’s Kevin Young, a time of 46:78s, which was set at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Warholm now holds 8 of the 15 fastest times in the world. A week prior to the Norweigan’s feat, Rai Benjamin ran the second-fastest time in the world, 46:83s, at the US Track and Field Trials.