Warholm wins men’s 400m hur­dle

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DOHA (AFP) — Nor­way’s Karsten Warholm re­tained his 400m hur­dles World Cham­pi­onship crown with a barn­storm­ing vic­tory in Doha Mon­day.

Af­ter an open­ing three days of com­pe­ti­tion marked by swathes of empty seats, Warholm de­lighted the big­gest crowd of the cham­pi­onships so far with a bat­tling vic­tory at the Khal­ifa Sta­dium.

Warholm took gold in 47.42sec­onds, with his ri­val Rai Ben­jamin of the United States claim­ing sil­ver in 47.66sec. Qatar’s Ab­der­rah­man Samba took bronze in 48.03.

The 23-year-old Warholm roared, pumped his fist and slapped his chest as he was in­tro­duced to the crowd be­fore the start of the race as part of a daz­zling light dis­play.

That set the tone for a clas­sic hur­dles bat­tle, with Warholm tim­ing his move to per­fec­tion to take the lead head­ing into the home straight be­fore hold­ing off Ben­jamin.

“This was a very tough race,” Warholm said. “I ac­tu­ally felt my heart was go­ing to stop. I thought ‘I’m go­ing to die but it’s go­ing to be worth it’.”

Al­though Mon­day’s crowd was the largest of the cham­pi­onships so far, most fans had left the arena well be­fore Warholm set off on his lap of honor.

“I’m used to talk­ing to my­self so it wasn’t a prob­lem,” Warholm joked.

“It was some­thing else in Lon­don (in 2017) when there was 60,000 peo­ple there. I’ve got to be hon­est about that. But at the same time, with the gold medal, I couldn’t care less.”

Warholm’s win came just mo­ments af­ter high jump La­sitskene won a third con­sec­u­tive world cham­pi­onship ti­tle to set along­side her wins in 2015 and 2017.

The 26-year-old, who is one of only 30 Rus­sian ath­letes al­lowed to com­pete in Doha un­der the au­tho­rized neu­tral ath­lete ban­ner, took gold ahead of Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh.

Mariya La­sitskene wins women’s high jump

La­sitskene claimed the gold af­ter clear­ing a height of 2.04m to win on count­back ahead of Mahuchikh.

Vashti Cun­ning­ham of the United States took bronze.

The win marked an­other ca­reer mile­stone for La­sitskene, who has dom­i­nated in­ter­na­tional high-jump­ing in re­cent years.

“It was like in a fairy­tale to get a third world ti­tle,” La­sitskene said.

“My whole coun­try ex­pected me to be on the podium. I had to cope with this pres­sure.”

La­sitskene was barred from the 2016 Olympics af­ter Rus­sia was banned from the games over the coun­try’s dop­ing scan­dal.

But she has since been al­lowed to com­pete as a neu­tral ath­lete, a sta­tus handed to ath­letes who are deemed to be above sus­pi­cion by the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions.


Karsten Warholm, of Nor­way, cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning the gold medal in the men’s 400 meter hur­dles fi­nal dur­ing the World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Doha, Qatar, Mon­day.

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