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Karsten Warholm Has Great Reaction
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Posted By: Hazymac, 8/3/2021 7:35:12 AM

Even world-record-holding athletes can be surprised by their personal feats. Norway’s Karsten Warholm crushed his own world record to win the men’s 400m hurdles final in 45.94 seconds on Monday night. And his reaction was priceless. On July 1, Warholm broke American Kevin Young’s 29-year-old world record of 46.78 seconds at a Diamond League meet with a time of 46.70, and he blew by that mark just over a month later to win gold in Tokyo. American Rai Benjamin also beat Warholm’s previous world record on Monday by finishing in 46.17 seconds, but it was only enough for him to land the silver medal. Brazil’s Alison dos Santos (who had a similar reaction as


Seeing Warholm break another world record is a good reason why we are fans of track and field. The greatest intermediate hurdler ever, who broke Kevin Young's world record with 46.70 last month, obliterated that record yesterday. Unless he breaks the record himself, I don't see that one falling for a long time.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Heil Liberals 8/3/2021 7:54:21 AM (No. 866376)
What an amazing performance!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Hazymac 8/3/2021 7:57:00 AM (No. 866381)
Before Kevin Young's world record, the 400m intermediate hurdles were the province of Edwin Moses, who ruled the event for years, running undefeated. I think there've been three world record holders since the 1970s: Moses, Young, and now Warholm. Fast company. Track and field is what I did before golf.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Mizz Fixxit 8/3/2021 8:41:09 AM (No. 866411)
A quarter mile sprint with ten 3 foot barriers to clear. Those guys are regal.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino 8/3/2021 8:45:24 AM (No. 866420)
White supremacy?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 8/3/2021 9:04:35 AM (No. 866444)
Hat tip to Warholm. Like wow.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: ROLFNader 8/3/2021 9:29:20 AM (No. 866458)
Hats off to O P for posting one of the first positive stories I've seen from the Olympics. Just hearing the MSM background noise has been enough to keep me from what was once an exciting event every four years .
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Hazymac 8/3/2021 11:00:55 AM (No. 866561)
With Karsten Warholm and Rai Benjamin running times far below what anyone ever ran before, the 400 meter intermediate hurdles is going to be an event to watch for the next several years. The gold medalist is 25; the silver medalist is 24. They could both improve, inconceivable as that may seem. In fact, they should improve! Specific events have their prime times. For long jumpers that was 1991, when both Carl Lewis and Mike Powell dueled in world record territory, challenging Bob Beamon's impossible leap in 1968*. Multiple gold medalist Lewis was in great form that day *Ralph Boston of Nashville's Tennessee A&I held the world record in the long jump: 27' 4 3/4". Boston's American teammate Beamon unleashed a jump of 29' 2 1/2" which broke the old record by 19 3/4"! Impossible. But in 1991 in Tokyo, both Carl Lewis and Mike Powell entered Beamon's chamber (above 29'). Look it up online. What a competition! I wish something similar were happening now in long jump, but it takes one or two pushing the limits to create records that stand for a generation or more. I look forward to it. The 400 IMs are in great shape!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Hazymac 8/3/2021 11:19:43 AM (No. 866581)
For Beamon's record margin, that should be one foot nine and three quarters. Incredible! Both Lewis and Powell broke that unbeatable record in 1991. That's what athletic competition is all about. That competition is online for viewing. Perhaps I'm drawn to the Olympics because of my overall love for sports, and for the respect athletes have for fellow competitors irrespective of nationality. What I have always loved about sports is the respect between athletes, which is earned. All wear the flag of a nation, but if they're real sportsmen (-women), the competition is about individuals, not nations. And American rights are individual--never collective. *H/T to the great Lee Trevino for that one.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Hazymac 8/3/2021 11:23:50 AM (No. 866586)
Trevino's dictum is as follows: "The older I get, the better I used to be."
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Reply 10 - Posted by: DVC 8/3/2021 11:35:17 AM (No. 866606)
An excellent athlete, and proud of his country. How refreshing.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Geoman 8/3/2021 12:56:30 PM (No. 866724)
The time for the quarter-mile sprint, even without the hurdles, is quite impressive. In my yute, breaking a minute in the 440 yard sprint would win a track meet.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: MrDeplorable 8/3/2021 1:22:30 PM (No. 866759)
I know I'm going to get crap for this BUT speaking as a former hurdler, I invite people to watch the races of Edwin Moses--who had the most perfect hurdling form ever--and see if you don't agree with me that if Warholm would stop SAILING over the barriers and losing so much time in the air and actually STEP OVER them as Moses did to get that driving foot back on the ground as quickly as possible, I suggest he could easily cut another second off his record. I can't believe his coach lets him get away with that sloppy style; in one of his races he actually chopped his stride, which is simply unthinkable in a world-class hurdler.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Hazymac 8/3/2021 3:27:50 PM (No. 866896)
Re #12: Exactly right. By improving his hurdling technique, Warholm might get another second of improvement, as impossible as that may seem. In talent, Rai Benjamin is close enough to Warholm to push both of them to greater heights. Could I live to see a time of 44.9 in the intermediate hurdles? Maybe!
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Reply 14 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter 8/3/2021 7:48:42 PM (No. 867196)
Good observation, #12. As a freshman in high school who was attracted to the 120-yard highs, I was taught by the reigning county champion in that event that the trick is to get your lead foot back on the ground as quickly as possible and get back to running. The longer you're hanging in the air the more speed you're losing. And if you watch the world-class high-hurdlers you notice that they alter every third stride only slightly - they're stepping over the barrier, not hurdling it.
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