TOKYO — Karsten Warholm of Norway has smashed his own world record on his way to winning the gold medal in the men’s 400-meters hurdles in a stunning 45.94 seconds at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Tuesday morning.
The two-time world champion broke his own previous world record of 46.70s in what was one of the best races in athletics history.
“It’s so crazy,” Warholm said. “This is by far the biggest moment of my life.”
Warholm went out hard, as he always does, and then powered away from American Rai Benjamin to seal the title and captured his first Olympic crown.
“I train like a f***ing maniac,” he said. “I use all my time on this. Now I just have to set myself new goals because I’m not done yet.”
Benjamin recorded a North American record of 46.17s for second place while Brazil’s Alison Dos Santos continues his fruitful 2021 campaign by taking the bronze medal in 46.72s to set a South American record.
“I just worked so hard all year,” said tBenjamin, who finished second to Warholm at the 2019 World Championships in 2019. “This is what matters.
“I got a medal, but it just hurts to lose. Next year, I’m coming. I’m a dog. I’m going to fight. I made some mistakes that cost me but I’m going to fix them.”
The world record race which accounted for two area records, also featured three national records.
“We want to run faster, we want to be better and this is amazing,” Dos Santos said. “If (Warholm) can break 46, I can break it, too. I want to run faster. I want to be better.”
Kyron McMaster posted a British Virgin Islands national record with 47.08 for fourth place, while Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba ran 47.12 in fifth.
Yasmani Copello set a Turkey national record with 47.81 for sixth place and Rasmus Mägi improved Estonia’s national record with his 48.11 ran for seventh.