Karsten WARHOLM

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Norway Norway
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    28 FEB 1996
    ATHLETE'S CODE
    14479487
Karsten Warholm in the 400m hurdles semis at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 (Getty Images)

Current World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Score
Men's 400mH 1 1566
Men's Overall Ranking 2 1566

Highest Ever World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Duration
Men's 400m 11 for 1 week
Men's 400mH 1 for 149 weeks
Men's Overall Ranking 1 for 36 weeks
Highest ever World Rankings position is considered from 1/1/2019

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Venue Date Records Results Score
100 Metres 10.52 +0.8 Lillestrøm (NOR) 28 MAY 2016 1034
200 Metres 21.09 +0.4 Florø (NOR) 04 JUN 2016 1054
200 Metres 21.00 * +3.1 Bærum (NOR) 12 JUN 2015 1050
300 Metres 32.49 Fana Stadion, Bergen (NOR) 18 SEP 2021 1117
400 Metres 44.87 Florø (NOR) 10 JUN 2017 NR 1189
1000 Metres 2:45.80 Donetsk (UKR) 11 JUL 2013 577
1500 Metres 4:44.73 Eskilstuna (SWE) 19 JUL 2015 408
110 Metres Hurdles 14.30 +0.5 Haugesund (NOR) 31 JUL 2015 1013
110m Hurdles (99.0cm) 13.48 +1.0 Mannheim (GER) 27 JUN 2015 0
110m Hurdles (91.4cm) 13.86 -0.9 Donetsk (UKR) 11 JUL 2013 0
300 Metres Hurdles 33.26 Bislett Stadion, Oslo (NOR) 04 JUN 2021 WBP, NBP 0
400 Metres Hurdles 45.94 National Stadium, Tokyo (JPN) 03 AUG 2021 WR, AR, NR 1341
High Jump 2.05 Bergen (NOR) 31 MAY 2014 958
Pole Vault 4.30 Nittedal (NOR) 24 MAY 2015 806
Long Jump 7.66 0.0 Mannheim (GER) 28 JUN 2015 1064
Triple Jump 14.14 +1.9 Overhalla (NOR) 04 AUG 2013 863
Shot Put (6kg) 12.19 Eskilstuna (SWE) 18 JUL 2015 0
Shot Put (5kg) 12.94 Donetsk (UKR) 10 JUL 2013 0
Discus Throw (1.750kg) 39.30 Eskilstuna (SWE) 19 JUL 2015 0
Javelin Throw 45.82 Eskilstuna (SWE) 19 JUL 2015 618
Javelin Throw (700g) 45.38 Nadderud (NOR) 14 JUN 2013 0
Decathlon U20 7764 Eskilstuna (SWE) 19 JUL 2015 0
Octathlon Boys 6451 Donetsk (UKR) 11 JUL 2013 0
4x100 Metres Relay 40.18 Espoo (FIN) 29 AUG 2015 NU20R 1062
Medley Relay 1:56.92 Donetsk (UKR) 13 JUL 2013 0
4x400 Metres Relay 3:09.08 Kadrioru staadion, Tallinn (EST) 22 JUN 2014 1060

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Venue Date Records Results Score
60 Metres 6.75 Florø (NOR) 28 JAN 2017 1070
100 Metres 10.49 Florø (NOR) 28 JAN 2017 0
200 Metres 20.91 Ulsteinvik (NOR) 05 FEB 2017 1147
300 Metres 32.47 Bærum Idrettspark, Rud, Bærum (NOR) 28 FEB 2021 NBP 1175
400 Metres 45.05 Emirates Arena, Glasgow (GBR) 02 MAR 2019 =AR, NR 1239
60 Metres Hurdles 8.10 Steinkjer (NOR) 08 FEB 2015 NU20B 1009
60m Hurdles (99.0cm) 7.82 Ulsteinvik (NOR) 06 MAR 2015 NU20R 0
60m Hurdles (91.4cm) 8.24 Steinkjer (NOR) 08 MAR 2013 0
High Jump 2.05 Steinkjer (NOR) 09 MAR 2013 958
Long Jump 7.49 Ulsteinvik (NOR) 08 MAR 2015 1027
Triple Jump 14.48 Steinkjer (NOR) 03 MAR 2012 899
4x200 Metres Relay 1:24.59 Växjö (SWE) 13 FEB 2016 NR 1101

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2021

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records Results Score
300 Metres 32.49 Fana Stadion, Bergen (NOR) 18 SEP 2021 1117
400 Metres 45.51 Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne (SUI) 26 AUG 2021 1145
300 Metres Hurdles 33.26 Bislett Stadion, Oslo (NOR) 04 JUN 2021 WBP, NBP 0
400 Metres Hurdles 45.94 National Stadium, Tokyo (JPN) 03 AUG 2021 WR, AR, NR 1341

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records Results Score
300 Metres 32.47 Bærum Idrettspark, Rud, Bærum (NOR) 28 FEB 2021 NBP 1175

Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2016 10.52 +0.8 Lillestrøm (NOR) 28 MAY 2016
2015 10.54 +0.7 Lillestrøm (NOR) 11 SEP 2015
2014 10.55 +0.5 Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA) 22 JUL 2014
2013 10.86 -0.9 Donetsk (UKR) 10 JUL 2013
2012 11.05 +1.0 Askoy (NOR) 31 AUG 2012

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2016 21.09 +0.4 Florø (NOR) 04 JUN 2016
2015 21.10 +0.9 Mannheim (GER) 28 JUN 2015
2014 21.34 -1.9 Bislett Stadion, Oslo (NOR) 11 JUN 2014
2013 22.25 +0.2 Bislett Stadion, Oslo (NOR) 13 JUN 2013
2012 22.15 +0.2 Askoy (NOR) 01 SEP 2012

Outdoor

300 Metres

Performance Place Date
2021 32.49 Fana Stadion, Bergen (NOR) 18 SEP 2021
2018 32.69 Bergen (NOR) 22 AUG 2018

Outdoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2021 45.51 Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne (SUI) 26 AUG 2021
2020 45.05 Olympiastadion, Stockholm (SWE) 23 AUG 2020
2019 45.54 Hamar (NOR) 03 AUG 2019
2018 44.91 Olympiastadion, Berlin (GER) 08 AUG 2018
2017 44.87 Florø (NOR) 10 JUN 2017
2016 46.10 Kristiansand (NOR) 31 AUG 2016
2015 46.23 Bislett Stadion, Oslo (NOR) 11 JUN 2015
2014 46.31 Florø (NOR) 07 JUN 2014
2013 48.09 Donetsk (UKR) 10 JUL 2013

Outdoor

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2013 2:45.80 Donetsk (UKR) 11 JUL 2013

Outdoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2015 4:44.73 Eskilstuna (SWE) 19 JUL 2015
2014 4:52.81 Sandnes (NOR) 11 MAY 2014

Outdoor

110m Hurdles (99.0cm)

Performance Wind Place Date
2015 13.48 +1.0 Mannheim (GER) 27 JUN 2015
2014 14.05 +1.6 Göteborg (SWE) 29 JUN 2014
2013 14.72 -1.5 Overhalla (NOR) 04 AUG 2013
2012 14.95 -0.3 Växjö (SWE) 19 AUG 2012

Outdoor

110 Metres Hurdles

Performance Wind Place Date
2015 14.30 +0.5 Haugesund (NOR) 31 JUL 2015
2013 14.70 +0.9 Tønsberg (NOR) 23 AUG 2013

Outdoor

110m Hurdles (91.4cm)

Performance Wind Place Date
2013 13.86 -0.9 Donetsk (UKR) 11 JUL 2013
2011 14.66 -0.5 Bergen (NOR) 02 JUN 2011

Outdoor

300 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2021 33.26 Bislett Stadion, Oslo (NOR) 04 JUN 2021
2020 33.78 Bislett Stadion, Oslo (NOR) 11 JUN 2020

Outdoor

400 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2021 45.94 National Stadium, Tokyo (JPN) 03 AUG 2021
2020 46.87 Olympiastadion, Stockholm (SWE) 23 AUG 2020
2019 46.92 Letzigrund, Zürich (SUI) 29 AUG 2019
2018 47.64 Olympiastadion, Berlin (GER) 09 AUG 2018
2017 48.22 Letzigrund, Zürich (SUI) 24 AUG 2017
2016 48.49 Estádio Olímpico, Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 15 AUG 2016
2015 51.09 Haugesund (NOR) 01 AUG 2015
2014 52.50 Haugesund (NOR) 06 SEP 2014

Outdoor

High Jump

Performance Place Date
2015 2.00 Nittedal (NOR) 23 MAY 2015
2014 2.05 Bergen (NOR) 31 MAY 2014
2013 2.03 Overhalla (NOR) 02 AUG 2013
2012 2.00 Prestfoss (NOR) 27 JUL 2012
2011 1.90 Kristiansand (NOR) 05 AUG 2011

Outdoor

Pole Vault

Performance Place Date
2015 4.30 Nittedal (NOR) 24 MAY 2015
2014 4.20 Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA) 23 JUL 2014

Outdoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2015 7.66 0.0 Mannheim (GER) 28 JUN 2015
2014 7.50 +0.6 Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA) 22 JUL 2014
2013 7.30 +1.1 Donetsk (UKR) 10 JUL 2013
2012 7.32 +1.1 Prestfoss (NOR) 28 JUL 2012
2011 6.66 +0.5 Lillestrøm (NOR) 04 JUL 2011

Outdoor

Triple Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2013 14.14 +1.9 Overhalla (NOR) 04 AUG 2013
2012 13.91 +0.7 Växjö (SWE) 19 AUG 2012
2011 13.76 -0.6 København (DEN) 04 SEP 2011

Outdoor

Shot Put (6kg)

Performance Place Date
2015 12.19 Eskilstuna (SWE) 18 JUL 2015
2014 11.68 Sandnes (NOR) 10 MAY 2014

Outdoor

Shot Put (5kg)

Performance Place Date
2013 12.94 Donetsk (UKR) 10 JUL 2013

Outdoor

Discus Throw (1.750kg)

Performance Place Date
2015 39.30 Eskilstuna (SWE) 19 JUL 2015
2014 37.33 Byrkjelo (NOR) 05 JUL 2014

Outdoor

Javelin Throw

Performance Place Date
2015 45.82 Eskilstuna (SWE) 19 JUL 2015
2014 44.13 Sandnes (NOR) 11 MAY 2014

Outdoor

Javelin Throw (700g)

Performance Place Date
2013 45.38 Nadderud (NOR) 14 JUN 2013

Outdoor

Octathlon Boys

Performance Wind Place Date
2013 6451 Donetsk (UKR) 11 JUL 2013

Outdoor

Decathlon U20

Performance Wind Place Date
2015 7764 Eskilstuna (SWE) 19 JUL 2015
2014 7551 Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA) 23 JUL 2014

Outdoor

4x100 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2015 40.18 Espoo (FIN) 29 AUG 2015
2014 40.62 Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA) 25 JUL 2014

Outdoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2016 3:10.76 Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam (NED) 09 JUL 2016
2015 3:10.65 Olympic Stadium, Cheboksary (RUS) 21 JUN 2015
2014 3:09.08 Kadrioru staadion, Tallinn (EST) 22 JUN 2014
2013 3:14.55 Espoo (FIN) 18 AUG 2013

Outdoor

Medley Relay

Performance Place Date
2013 1:56.92 Donetsk (UKR) 13 JUL 2013

Indoor

60 Metres

Performance Place Date
2016/17 6.75 Florø (NOR) 28 JAN 2017
2015/16 6.81 Florø (NOR) 06 FEB 2016
2014/15 6.85 Ulsteinvik (NOR) 07 MAR 2015
2013/14 6.92 Bærum (NOR) 08 MAR 2014
2012/13 7.03 Steinkjer (NOR) 09 MAR 2013

Indoor

100 Metres

Performance Place Date
2016/17 10.49 Florø (NOR) 28 JAN 2017
2015/16 10.58 Florø (NOR) 06 FEB 2016

Indoor

200 Metres

Performance Place Date
2016/17 20.91 Ulsteinvik (NOR) 05 FEB 2017
2015/16 20.92 Växjö (SWE) 13 FEB 2016
2014/15 21.05 Ulsteinvik (NOR) 08 MAR 2015
2013/14 21.33 Bærum (NOR) 09 MAR 2014
2012/13 22.43 Steinkjer (NOR) 10 MAR 2013

Indoor

300 Metres

Performance Place Date
2020/21 32.47 Bærum Idrettspark, Rud, Bærum (NOR) 28 FEB 2021

Indoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2019/20 45.97 Ulsteinhallen, Ulsteinvik (NOR) 28 FEB 2020
2018/19 45.05 Emirates Arena, Glasgow (GBR) 02 MAR 2019
2017/18 45.59 Bærum (NOR) 03 FEB 2018
2016/17 45.96 Ulsteinvik (NOR) 04 FEB 2017
2015/16 46.31 Rud, Bærum (NOR) 05 MAR 2016
2014/15 47.25 Bærum (NOR) 14 FEB 2015
2013/14 48.18 Bærum (NOR) 07 MAR 2014
2012/13 49.93 Steinkjer (NOR) 08 MAR 2013

Indoor

60 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2014/15 8.10 Steinkjer (NOR) 08 FEB 2015
2013/14 8.23 Stange (NOR) 02 FEB 2014

Indoor

60m Hurdles (91.4cm)

Performance Place Date
2012/13 8.24 Steinkjer (NOR) 08 MAR 2013

Indoor

60m Hurdles (99.0cm)

Performance Place Date
2014/15 7.82 Ulsteinvik (NOR) 06 MAR 2015
2013/14 8.01 Bærum (NOR) 07 MAR 2014

Indoor

High Jump

Performance Place Date
2014/15 2.00 Ulsteinvik (NOR) 07 MAR 2015
2013/14 1.94 Bærum (NOR) 08 MAR 2014
2012/13 2.05 Steinkjer (NOR) 09 MAR 2013

Indoor

Long Jump

Performance Place Date
2015/16 7.47 Ulsteinvik (NOR) 30 JAN 2016
2014/15 7.49 Ulsteinvik (NOR) 08 MAR 2015
2013/14 7.47 Bærum (NOR) 09 MAR 2014
2012/13 7.19 Steinkjer (NOR) 10 MAR 2013
2011/12 6.89 Steinkjer (NOR) 04 MAR 2012

Indoor

Triple Jump

Performance Place Date
2012/13 14.35 Haugesund (NOR) 02 FEB 2013
2011/12 14.48 Steinkjer (NOR) 03 MAR 2012

Indoor

4x200 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2015/16 1:24.59 Växjö (SWE) 13 FEB 2016
2014/15 1:25.77 Bærum (NOR) 14 FEB 2015

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 45.94 National Stadium, Tokyo (JPN) 03 AUG 2021

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 47.42 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha (QAT) 30 SEP 2019
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 48.35 Olympic Stadium, London (GBR) 09 AUG 2017

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 400 Metres Hurdles 48.56 Ostrava (CZE) 08 SEP 2018

Honours - World U18 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Octathlon Boys 6451 Donetsk (UKR) 11 JUL 2013

Honours - European Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 47.64 Olympiastadion, Berlin (GER) 09 AUG 2018
6. 400 Metres Hurdles 49.82 Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam (NED) 08 JUL 2016
8. 400 Metres 46.68 Olympiastadion, Berlin (GER) 10 AUG 2018

Honours - Diamond League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 47.35 Letzigrund, Zürich (SUI) 09 SEP 2021
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 46.92 Letzigrund, Zürich (SUI) 29 AUG 2019
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 47.08 Stade Louis II, Monaco (MON) 09 JUL 2021
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 46.70 Bislett Stadion, Oslo (NOR) 01 JUL 2021
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 47.07 Stadio Olimpico, Roma (ITA) 17 SEP 2020
1. 400 Metres 45.05 Olympiastadion, Stockholm (SWE) 23 AUG 2020
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 46.87 Olympiastadion, Stockholm (SWE) 23 AUG 2020
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 47.10 Stade Louis II, Monaco (MON) 14 AUG 2020
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 47.26 Stade Charléty, Paris (FRA) 24 AUG 2019
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 47.12 Olympic Stadium, London (GBR) 20 JUL 2019
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 47.33 Bislett Stadion, Oslo (NOR) 13 JUN 2019
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 47.85 Olympiastadion, Stockholm (SWE) 30 MAY 2019
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 47.65 Olympic Stadium, London (GBR) 21 JUL 2018
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 48.82 Olympiastadion, Stockholm (SWE) 18 JUN 2017
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 48.25 Bislett Stadion, Oslo (NOR) 15 JUN 2017

Honours - European Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 45.05 Emirates Arena, Glasgow (GBR) 02 MAR 2019

Honours - European Team Championships 1st League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 48.46 Kaarlen kenttä, Vaasa (FIN) 24 JUN 2017

Honours - European U23 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 48.37 Bydgoszcz (POL) 16 JUL 2017
2. 400 Metres 45.75 Bydgoszcz (POL) 15 JUL 2017

Honours - European U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Decathlon U20 7764 Eskilstuna (SWE) 19 JUL 2015
2. 400 Metres 46.50 Eskilstuna (SWE) 18 JUL 2015

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 48.23 Fana Stadion, Bergen (NOR) 20 SEP 2020
1. 400 Metres 45.54 Hamar (NOR) 03 AUG 2019
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 47.43 Hamar (NOR) 02 AUG 2019
1. 400 Metres 47.32 Byrkjelo (NOR) 18 AUG 2018
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 49.01 Byrkjelo (NOR) 17 AUG 2018
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 48.73 Sandnes (NOR) 27 AUG 2017
1. 400 Metres 46.44 Sandnes (NOR) 26 AUG 2017
1. 400 Metres 45.8h Askoy (NOR) 30 JUL 2016
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 50.72 Askoy (NOR) 29 JUL 2016
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 51.09 Haugesund (NOR) 01 AUG 2015
1. 400 Metres 47.39 Haugesund (NOR) 31 JUL 2015
1. 400 Metres 47.03 Jessheim (NOR) 22 AUG 2014
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 14.48 +3.2 Jessheim (NOR) 22 AUG 2014
1. 110 Metres Hurdles 14.70 +0.9 Tønsberg (NOR) 23 AUG 2013

Honours - National Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 45.59 Bærum (NOR) 03 FEB 2018
1. 200 Metres 20.91 Ulsteinvik (NOR) 05 FEB 2017
1. 400 Metres 45.96 Ulsteinvik (NOR) 04 FEB 2017
1. 200 Metres 21.04 Rud, Bærum (NOR) 06 MAR 2016
1. Long Jump 7.44 Rud, Bærum (NOR) 06 MAR 2016
1. 400 Metres 46.31 Rud, Bærum (NOR) 05 MAR 2016
1. 200 Metres 21.43 Steinkjer (NOR) 08 FEB 2015
1. 60 Metres Hurdles 8.10 Steinkjer (NOR) 08 FEB 2015
1. 400 Metres 47.29 Steinkjer (NOR) 07 FEB 2015
1. 60 Metres Hurdles 8.23 Stange (NOR) 02 FEB 2014
1. 400 Metres 48.20 Stange (NOR) 01 FEB 2014
Results in:

300 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
18 SEP 2021 Trond Mohn Games, Fana Stadion, Bergen NORNOR C F 1. 32.49

300 Metres Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
28 FEB 2021 Klubbstevne 3, Bærum Idrettspark, Rud, Bærum NORNOR F F 1. 32.47

400 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
26 AUG 2021 Athletissima, Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne - Promotional Events SUISUI A F 4. 45.51

300 Metres Hurdles

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
04 JUN 2021 Night of Highlights, Bislett Stadion, Oslo NORNOR F F 1. 33.26

400 Metres Hurdles

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
01 JUL 2021 Bislett Games, Bislett Stadion, Oslo - Diamond Discipline NORNOR GW F 1. 46.70
09 JUL 2021 Herculis, Stade Louis II, Monaco - Diamond Discipline MONMON GW F 1. 47.08
30 JUL 2021 The XXXII Olympic Games, National Stadium, Tokyo JPNJPN OW H3 1. 48.65
01 AUG 2021 The XXXII Olympic Games, National Stadium, Tokyo JPNJPN OW SF1 1. 47.30
03 AUG 2021 The XXXII Olympic Games, National Stadium, Tokyo JPNJPN OW F 1. 45.94
09 SEP 2021 Weltklasse, Letzigrund, Zürich - Diamond Discipline SUISUI DF F 1. 47.35
12 SEP 2021 ISTAF, Olympiastadion, Berlin GERGER B F 1. 48.08

Last updated: 2 July 2021

Born: Ulsteinvik, 28 February 1996. Coach: Leif Olav Alnes
 

When Karsten Warholm first emerged on the international scene in 2013, it was clear that the young Norwegian was a huge talent.

He won the world U18 octathlon title in Donetsk with a margin of almost 200 points, and some of his marks in the eight disciplines would have been competitive in the individual finals.

Moving up to the U20 age group, and now taking on 10 disciplines in the decathlon, he continued to improve across the board and earned silver medals in the decathlon and 400m at the 2015 European U20 Championships in Eskilstuna - despite the 400m final taking place in the middle of the decathlon.

Throughout that season he broke national U20 records in a range of events indoors and outdoors, from the 200m and sprint hurdles to the long jump and decathlon. His indoor 400m best of 47.25, meanwhile, was a national senior indoor record.

But in 2016, his first year as a senior athlete, Warholm decided that decathlon’s 10 disciplines were not quite enough, so he took on another challenge: the 400m hurdles – a discipline that some refer to as the ‘man killer’ event.

He had dabbled with it as a teenager, but 2016 was the first season in which the 400m hurdles was his main focus. The early signs were promising; in his first race of the season, he broke the national record with 49.62. By the end of that year, he had reached the European final, made it to the Olympic semifinals, and reduced his best to 48.49. He had finally found his calling.

When he opened his 2017 campaign, it was clear Warholm was going to be a force that season. He clocked a national record of 48.25 to win at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo on home soil, beating Olympic champion Kerron Clement and Olympic bronze medallist Yasmani Copello in the process.

His winning streak continued at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm and the European U23 Championships in Bydgoszcz. By the time he arrived at the World Championships in London, he was very much considered a medal contender. Despite being the youngest in the field, and with heavy rain preventing faster times, Warholm charged to gold in 48.35.

“I truly don't believe it,” he said afterwards, celebrating with a Viking-style hat on his head. “I've worked so hard for this but I don't know what I have done. This is an amazing feeling.”

Warholm continued his habit of strong season openers in 2018, setting a huge lifetime best of 47.82 in Rome. This time, however, he had to settle for second place behind Qatar’s Abderraman Samba, who became the event’s dominant force that year. While Samba won all six of their clashes in 2018, Warholm enjoyed a moment of glory at the European Championships in Berlin, winning with a national record of 47.64.

The Warholm-Samba rivalry continued in 2019, only this time with a third challenger in the form of USA’s Rai Benjamin. Winner of the NCAA title in 2018 in 47.02, Benjamin embarked on his first full professional season in 2019 and regularly lined up against Warholm and Samba on the international circuit.

Warholm, however, came out on top each time, winning all of his competitions – indoors, outdoors, on the flat and over hurdles. He broke the European record on three occasions, clocking 47.33 in Oslo, 47.12 in London and 46.92 in Zurich, moving to the No.2 spot on the world all-time list.

The men’s 400m hurdles was one of the most anticipated events of the World Championships in Doha, and Warholm duly delivered, winning gold in 47.42 with Benjamin and Samba taking silver and bronze respectively.

“It's easy to say afterwards that this was going to happen but I wasn't too sure, to be honest,” Warholm said. “This was a very hard race. I had a pain in my chest, I thought I was going to die but here I am world champion.”

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games meant that Warholm’s Olympic dream was put on hold, but he was determined not to waste all of the hard work he had put in for the 2020 season.

He opened his season on home soil at Oslo’s ‘Impossible Games’ and sped to a world 300m hurdles best of 33.78. Then, a couple of months later, he ran 46.87 for the 400m hurdles – just 0.09 shy of Kevin Young’s 1992 world record ­– at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm. There he also won the 400m flat in 45.05 to complete the best ever one-day 400m flat-hurdles double.

After a winter which he described as his best-ever when it comes to training, Warholm gave a hint of things to come when he ran yet another world 300m hurdles best on his 2021 season debut – this time clocking 33.26 to take half a second off the mark he had achieved the year before.

Then, with Rai Benjamin’s 46.83 at the US Olympic Trials which moved Warholm from second to third on the world all-time list fresh in the memory, the Norwegian took to the track in front of a home crowd of 5000 at the Bislett Games in Oslo. Storming around the track, he crossed the finish line with arms spread wide and a time of 46.70 on the clock to shave 0.08 from Young’s world record.

“This is the moment that everybody has been talking about,” he said after his record-breaking run. “It’s a legendary record and of course in this moment I feel like it’s important to give a shout out to Kevin Young, who was a guy ahead of his time. It’s very cool to be able to take the record.”



STATS

 

Warholm’s 400m hurdles progression
52.20 Haugesund, 6 Sep 2014
51.09 Haugesund, 31 Jul 2015
49.62 Floro, 4 Jun 2016
49.45 Gothenburg, 1 Jul 2016
48.84 Amsterdam, 7 Jul 2016
48.49 Rio, 15 Aug 2016
48.25 Oslo, 15 Jun 2017
48.22 Zurich, 24 Aug 2017
47.82 Rome, 31 May 2018
47.81 Stockholm, 10 Jun 2018
47.65 London, 21 Jul 2018
47.64 Berlin, 9 Aug 2018
47.33 Oslo, 13 Jun 2019
47.12 London, 20 Jul 2019
46.92 Zurich, 29 Aug 2019
46.87 Stockholm, 23 Aug 2020
46.70 Oslo, 1 Jul 2021

Warholm’s PBs
60m: 6.75
100m: 10.52 / 10.49i
200m: 20.91i
400m: 44.87 / 45.05i
110m hurdles: 14.30
300m hurdles: 33.26
400m hurdles: 46.70
High jump: 2.05m
Long jump: 7.66m
Decathlon: 7764 (U20)

400m hurdles world all-time list
46.70 Karsten Warholm (NOR) Oslo 2021
46.78 Kevin Young (USA) Barcelona 1992
46.83 Rai Benjamin (USA) Eugene 2021
46.98 Abderrahman Samba (QAT) Paris 2018
47.02 Ed Moses (USA) Koblenz 1983
47.03 Bryan Bronson (USA) New Orleans 1998
47.10 Samuel Matete (ZAM) Zurich 1991
47.19 Andre Phillips (USA) Seoul 1988
47.23 Amadou Dia Ba (SEN) Seoul 1988
47.24 Kerron Clement (USA) Carson 2005

400m hurdles world record progression
49.5h Glenn Davis (USA) Los Angeles 1956
49.2h Glenn Davis (USA) Budapest 1958
49.2h Salvatore Morale (ITA) Belgrade 1962
49.1h Rex Cawley (USA) Los Angeles 1964
48.8h Geoff Vanderstock (USA) Echo Summit 1968
48.1h David Hemery (GBR) Mexico City 1968
47.8h John Akii-Bua (UGA) Munich 1972
47.64 Ed Moses (USA) Montreal 1976
47.45 Ed Moses (USA) Westwood 1977
47.13 Ed Moses (USA) Milan 1980
47.02 Ed Moses (USA) Koblenz 1983
46.78 Kevin Young (USA) Barcelona 1992
46.70 Karsten Warholm (NOR) Oslo 2021