Best race ever? Norwegian takes gold in Olympic hurdles classic

American Rai Benjamin shaved more than half a second off the 400-meter hurdles world record today in Tokyo. Problem was, Karsten Warholm of Norway was still a quarter-second faster, becoming the first hurdler to finish in under 46 seconds in what some are calling the best Olympic race of all time.

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August 3, 2021 - 9:00 AM

Karsten Warholm

TOKYO (AP) — When brash Norwegian hurdler Karsten Warholm led the field to the starting line on a steamy afternoon at Olympic Stadium, he and his seven opponents had every reason to expect they’d be part of something special. 

It turned out to be more than that.

This gathering of the world’s best 400-meter hurdlers Tuesday produced a gold medal for Warholm, a world record, a masterpiece and slice of history. It also might have been one of the best races ever run.

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