Athletics: Young Norwegian Warholm earns shock 400m hurdles triumph

Karsten Warholm of Norway celebrates winning the final.
Karsten Warholm of Norway celebrates winning the final.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Norway's Karsten Warholm announced himself as one of athletics' brightest new talents as he recorded a magnificent gun-to-line triumph to lift the world 400 metres hurdles title in the pouring rain on Wednesday (Aug 9).

The 21-year-old former multi-eventer demonstrated all the strength he has acquired from competing as an all-rounder as he led from the first hurdle and was powerful enough to hold off his pursuers on the home straight to win in 48.35 seconds.

The youngster clasped his face in disbelief afterwards as it dawned that he had beaten European champion Yasmani Copello, (48.49) into the silver medal position while US Olympic champion and race favourite Kerron Clement (48.52) had to settle for bronze.

It was the first track victory at any World Championships by a Norwegian athlete since Ingrid Kristiansen's 10,000 metres triumph in Rome in 1987.