Norwegian hurdler Karsten Warlhom, broke a 29-year-old world record in the 400m hurdles, the longest-standing record in men’s track.
Warlhom, a two-time World Champion, clocked 46.70 seconds at a Diamond League meet in Oslo on Thursday (1 July). American Kevin Young held the record of 46.78 from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Speaking at the pre-event press conference, Warlhom highlighted the impact of top-class rivalries. “Your competitors are what really push you towards bigger things,” he said.
“If it was only me running quick times, I wouldn’t need to push it any further, but with people there running fast times, I need to take a step up as well.”
Dos Santos was second, improving his South American record to 47.38, and Turkey’s Yasmani Copello was third in 48.86.
Last week, Sydney McLaughlin ran a world record in the women’s 400m hurdles in 51.90. In contrast, Rai Benjamin ran 46.83 at the U.S. Olympic Trials, which was the second-fastest time in history before today.
Warlhom and Benjamin are setting up for a massive showdown in Tokyo for the Olympic Games.
The women’s sprints will also be hot with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sha’Carri Richardson, Gabby Thomas, Elaine Thompson, Shericka Jackson and Dina Asher-Smith.