Norwegian track star Karsten Warholm set a new world record in the 400-meter hurdles on home turf at the Bislett Games in Oslo Thursday evening. He later joked that he was so tired of hearing about Kevin Young’s nearly 39-year-old world record that he decided to break it.
It didn’t take long before Young himself was on the phone to congratulate Warholm. “You owe me a six-pack (of beer),” Young joked back. Warholm told he looked forward to that, adding that “you’re a legend,” to which Young graciously responded that Warholm is now the “GOAT (Greatest of All Time).”
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) equated it to the passing of a crown. Young’s long-time record of 46.78 seconds was beaten by Warholm’s 46.70 in front of cheering crowds at the first major athletic event with the public present since the Corona crisis began. The stands still weren’t allowed to be packed, but the Bislett crowd’s enthusastic cheering made up for that.
“He ran faster than anyone in the world has ever done in a sprint event,” said NRK’s commentator Jann Post, “and this isn’t Jamaica, California, Texas or Florida. This is Norway.”