Norway’s new track and field star Karsten Warholm ended a spectacular season at the last Diamond League competition in Zurich Thursday night, setting another Norwegian record but placing second in the 400-meter hurdles.
The race was won by Kyron McMaster of the British Virgin Islands, who’s a year younger than the 21-year-old Warholm so likely to remain a top rival. Warholm once again beat another rival, though, Olympic champion Kerron Clement. While Clement has earlier all but ignored Warholm, McMaster and Warholm were seen congratulating each other when it was all over.
Warholm said he’d felt empty before the start and he’d feared he’d used all his energy winning the gold medal at the World Championships in London two weeks ago. He had not. “This is just great,” Håvard Tjørhom, president of Norway’s athletics association, told news bureau NTB. “It was hectic during and after London, but Karsten is good at mobilizing. Even though he’s exhausted, he managed to push through to another Norwegian record (48.22 seconds).
Filip Ingebrigtsen, who won a bronze medal at the World Championships, didn’t do as well, ending last with 12th place in the 1500 meter race at the Diamond League finals.