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Norway’s Karsten Warholm smashed his own world record in the 400m hurdles in Tokyo on Tuesday.
He clocked a 45.94-second performance. As he crossed the finish line he celebrated by ripping his singlet off of his body. The time is .76 of a second better than his old record.
Rai Benjamin of the US finished in silver medal position at 46.17.
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Norway’s Karsten Warholm breaks his OWN world record to win gold in the men’s 400m hurdles and @TeamUSA‘s Rai Benjamin wins the silver. #TokyoOlympics
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Warholm had a furious start out of the blocks. He moved to the front of the field immediately and raced with a vengeance. Benjamin tried to make a race of it, but Warholm was giving no quarter. Warholm’s final hurdle was lept with menacing power and then sprinted the final few metres appearing to continue to accelerate.
Brazil’s Alison Dos Santos took bronze with a 46:72.
The 25-year-old Norweigan is a two-time world champion. His previous record was 46.70 and was set during the Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway on July 1 this year. He also owns the 300m hurdles, 300m and 400m Norwegian records at 33.26, 32.69 and 44.87, respectively.