Two-time world champion Karsten Warholm broke the 29-year world record in the 400-meter hurdles at the Diamond League in his native Norway on Thursday.
The 25-year-old crossed the finish line with a time of 46.70 seconds to break the previous record of 46.78, set by American Kevin Young in the Barcelona Olympic final in 1992.
“It was the perfect moment,” Warholm was quoted as saying by the World Athletic. “Everyone has been talking about this world record that has held for many years. He is actually older than me.”
Warholm said he loved breaking the record in front of his countrymen, including his family, at Bislet Stadium.
“I knew I could do it, but of course it’s great to be able to do it,” he said.
Warholm’s previous personal best was 46.87 in Stockholm last August.
Just last Sunday, American Sidney McLaughlin broke the women’s 400m hurdles world record held by compatriot Dalilah Muhammad at the US Olympic Qualifying Championships in Eugene, Oregon. McLaughlin became the first woman to lose under 52 seconds in a test.
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