Karsten Warholm Wins European 400 Meter Championship

Karsten Warholm (400m hurdles world rank 2, 400m world rank 29) wasn’t even planning to compete here until recently, the 400m hurdles world champion convincing coach Leif Olav Aines to allow him to take his chance just days before action got under way at the Emirates Arena.
Warholm blasted to the lead from the gun, overtaking Spanish rival Oscar Husillos (400m world rank 12) down the back straight and hitting the bell in a scorching 21.38. From there he never let up, charging to the line to equal the European record of 45.05, well clear of runner-up Husillos (45.66) and Tony van Diepen (400m world rank 75) of the Netherlands (46.13).
“I love to win, of course, but the time – oh my God,” said Warholm. “I came here ready to run, and the crowd – it was like running at home.”

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