Karsten Warholm opens 2019 campaign with world-leading 45.56 400m in Ulsteinvik

The 400m at the Karsten Warholm International was billed as a clash between Warholm and three-time European and world indoor champion Pavel Maslak but the Norwegian did not face much of a challenge from the world’s most dominant sprinter on the boards over the last decade.
Warholm started aggressively and reached the 200m mark in 21.53 with a healthy lead over Maslak. His advantage over the Czech doubled on the last lap as Warholm broke the tape in 45.56 with Maslak second in 47.10.
Warholm shaved 0.03 off his Norwegian indoor record and moved up one place to eighth on the European indoor all-time lists. For comparison, Warholm clocked 45.88 when he opened his season on the same track last year.

While Maslak is targeting a fourth successive title at the Glasgow 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships, Warholm is planning a quieter indoor season. It is expected he will compete at the four-way international in Baerum on 10 February before closing his campaign at the Norwegian Indoor Championships in Sandnes on 23-24 February.

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