4th April 2020
DIAMOND LEAGUE DIARIES - 2019 WARHOLM SHATTERS EUROPEAN 400M HURDLES RECORD IN LONDON
Norway’s Karsten Warholm is quickly making a name for himself in the sport and has already amassed an impressive trophy cabinet at the age of just 24.
In 2017, he announced himself on the world stage as a serious contender in the sport as he surged to 400m hurdles IAAF World Championship gold inside the London Stadium on a soaking night in the capital, winning in 48.35s.
For an international athlete, his success on British soil is incredible as he returned to the stadium the following year in the non-Diamond League 400m hurdles and blew away the competition once again and smashed the meeting record, Norwegian national record and his own personal best with a stunning 47.65s run, but his 2019 efforts stand out amongst the rest.
Warholm opened his year with gold at the European Indoor Championships in the 400m, equalling the European record set by Thomas Schönlebe back in 1988 of 45.05s and arrived London off the back of setting the European Record at the Bislett Games in Oslo, clocking 47.33s.
In London, once again he took to the first 300m like a man possessed, opening up a huge lead from Turkey’s Yasmani Copello as he hit the home straight, a gap which continued to widen as he strode on.
Warholm crossed the line and after glancing at the clock, collapsed on the track with yet more accolades to his names, having improved on his own Norwegian and European record with a 47.12s performance, improving his own mark by 0.21s, also breaking his own meeting record set the previous year.
The Norwegian would go on to break the European record once again as he won the Diamond League final in Zurich with an astonishing 46.92s showing, before successfully defending his world title in Doha.