‘I’m world cham­pion, that’s crazy’

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON:Nor­we­gian Karsten Warholm aped “The Scream” by Ed­vard Munch when he re­alised he had won the men’s 400 me­tres hur­dles ti­tle and his vic­tory could prove as valu­able to the sport as the paint­ing is to the Nor­we­gian tourism in­dus­try.

Ath­let­ics is des­per­ately seek­ing new and quirky char­ac­ters to fill the huge vac­uum that will be left by the re­tire­ment of Ja­maican su­per­star Usain Bolt and to a lesser ex­tent Bri­tish dis­tance leg­end Mo Farah.

Warholm fills sev­eral boxes be­ing only 21 years old and ex­hibit­ing an ex­cit­ing style of run­ning, show­ing no fear in lead­ing from the gun to the tape and leav­ing one of the all-time greats in Ker­ron Cle­ment trail­ing in his wake.

Not bad for some­one who was do­ing the de­cathlon not so long ago. He has taken to the event like a duck to wa­ter.

“I truly don’t be­lieve it,” said Warholm, who donned a Vik­ing hat on his lap of hon­our.

“I’ve worked so hard for this, but I don’t know what I have done.

“This is an amaz­ing feel­ing. I’m world cham­pion, that’s crazy.”

Warholm, who hails from the tiny town of Ul­stein­vik – pop­u­la­tion just over 6,000, says in self­dep­re­ca­tory fash­ion he wouldn’t be able to run any other way.

“I have one way to do it, and I did it,” he said.

“I’m young, I’m stupid, go­ing hard works for me.”

Warholm said that he didn’t want to sound ar­ro­gant but he wouldn’t have stood a chance of win­ning if he’d lacked self-be­lief de­spite be­ing a rel­a­tive novice. un­der their coun­try’s flag. AFP

Karsten Warholm

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