Reigning Olympic and European champion Karsten Warholm recorded one of the fastest times in history in the 400m hurdles with a one-man demonstration at the Norwegian Championships in Jessheim on Thursday (8) evening.
Less than a week after winning the Stockholm Diamond League in cold and wet conditions, Warholm was back under the 47 second-barrier with an eye-catching winning time of 46.76, winning by almost six seconds.
This was the seventh fastest time in history and Warholm now has ownership of four of those performances. From a continental standpoint, Warholm now has the 17 fastest times in history in Europe to his name.
Warholm was not at his best last year due to an early season hamstring injury but the world record-holder is back in scintillating form with the World Athletics Championships in Budapest six weeks away.
A key clash prior to those championships has been set for the Monaco Diamond League on 21 July when Warholm is due to face reigning world champion Alison Dos Santos from Brazil who is on the comeback trail from a knee injury which threatened to sideline him for the duration of the season.
Warholm will be targeting his third world title after winning a breakthrough gold in London 2017 before retaining his title in Doha 2019.