The Athletics Illustrated Person of the Week honours for the week of
September 14, 2020, goes to Norweigan athlete Karsten Warholm. Warholm won the 400m hurdles event in a new meet record time of 47.08, bettering American Edwin Moses’ performance from 40 years prior.


Karsten Warholm broke the 40-year-old meet record at ISTAF Berlin on Sunday. The record was set by Edwin Moses. The Norwegian stormed to a world-class time of 47.08 seconds in the 400 m hurdles.  The performance is the ninth-fastest all-time. 

In warm weather conditions, 3,500 spectators were allowed back into Berlin’s huge Olympic Stadium. Social distance and hygiene measures were in place. 

Warholm’s name was written into the start list only a few days ago. Bursting out of the blocks, he flew away from the field. However, he could not quite keep up the tremendous pace during the second half. But with a time of 47.08 Warholm broke the ISTAF record that was held for 40 years. The American ran 47.17 on August, 8 1980. Estonia’s Rasmus Magie was second behind Warholm in 49.22 while David Kendziera of the US took third with 50.28.

“It was a really good lap. And it is my third best time ever so I am absolutely happy with that. Over the final two hurdles I was tiring a bit,“ said Warholm… I am coming closer and closer with low-47 times, if I continue to be consistent at this level then the records can come.“  

ISTAF Berlin, Camera 4

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