TOKYO: Norwegian player Karsten Warholm both cried and cheered wildly after his first Olympic gold in the 400 meter race. It was a world record of an insane 45.94 minutes.
He beat his own world record by finishing the race in 45.94 minutes, earlier he finished 400 meter race in 46.70 minutes at Bislett Stadium in Norway this summer.
“Time is completely insane. I knew it was possible with sick times, but going out and doing it is incredible,” said Warholm.
After the incredible race, the 25-year-old from Ulsteinvik was in ecstasy. He tore his own shirt, cheered with the Norwegian flag and cried.
“It is a completely out of this world experience. I did not think it would go in the 45s. Delivering like that in an Olympic race is just wild,” Warholm relayed to media.
The silver went to Benjamin at 46.17, faster than Warholm’s old world record. Alison dos Santos took bronze with 46.72.
Warholm said he had to run out of his soul to make it. “Fortunately, I did,” he added.
Coach Leif Olav Alnes admitted that they had talked a lot about getting under 46 seconds, but “only in the chamber”.
The Norweign player said he did not think the perfect race existed, but today he was actually a little in doubt about his thinking.
“It is quite inhuman, but he is incredibly good at it,” said coach Alnes.