Diamond League

Karsten Warholm headlines Oslo Diamond League 400m hurdles field

Karsten Warholm headlines the 2023 Bislett Games Wanda Diamond League meeting on June 15 as he hopes to regain his best form ahead of a big year!

Karsten Warholm at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021
Karsten Warholm in the 400m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021. PHOTO Randy Miyazaki

OSLO, Norway, 15 May — Norwegian world record holder Karsten Warholm will headline the men’s 400-meter hurdles at his home Wanda Diamond League meeting on June 15, organizers announced last week.

Warholm, the reigning Olympic champion, is looking to reclaim the Diamond Trophy after an injury-hit season in 2022. He dominated the 400-meter hurdles from 2019 to 2021, claiming 11 victories and two titles on the circuit. Read more: Doha Diamond League Report: Kipyegon, Girma Shine in Opener

In an injury-plagued campaign in 2022, Warholm lost both his World Championships and Diamond League titles to Brazilian rival Alison Dos Santos. However, the Norwegian star will be back healthy again and he be hoping to return to his best form this year.

After running a number of 400m races during the indoor season and captured the European Athletics Indoor Championships title in the event in March, the 27-year-old now targets a strong performance to lay down an early outdoor marker in front of his home fans at the 2023 Bislett Games.

Warholm has great memories of the Bislett Stadium. He claimed his first-ever Diamond League win there in 2017, and broke the world record for the first time on the same track in 2021. Read Also: Tokyo2020-Karsten Warholm runs 45.94s, sets 400m hurdles world record

In June, he will be up against the likes of world number two Khalifah Rosser, European Championship medallists Wilfred Happio and Rasmus Magi, and the USA’s CJ Allen, who clocked an impressive 47.93 to finish second behind Rai Benjamin at the season opener in Doha on May 5.

The Wanda Diamond League is the premier one-day meeting series in athletics. It comprises 14 of the most prestigious events in global track and field. Athletes compete for points at the 13 series meetings in a bid to qualify for the two-day Wanda Diamond League Final in Eugene on September 16-17.

Written by Miranda Mitchell and the organizers

Miranda Mitchell is a long-server writer for World-Track who is also one of the most passionate people to work with. She has been with us since 2006, has a degree in writing, and has been able to balance her life with family, outside activities, and contributing to World-Track and Field!

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