Norwegian athlete Karsten Warholm just wanted to “enjoy the moment” after winning his latest European Championship and setting another record in the 400-meter hurdles. He made a triumphant return from injury earlier this season and was mighty relieved.
“I’ve learned a lot during these recent times,” Warholm told reporters. “I’ve managed to put things in perspective, that you can’t take anything for granted.”
He’d had to drop out of the season’s first big competition after a sudden leg injury. Erlend Nesje, commentator for newspaper Aftenposten, observed that no one would have chided Warholm if he’d dropped out after placing only seventh at the World Championships in Eugene and instead start preparing for a new round next summer.
Instead Warholm opted to endure pain and extended training to make a comeback in Munich, with excellent results. He ran the 400-meter hurdles in just 47.12 seconds, not only a new record but a second-and-a-half ahead of his closest rival. That made his comeback more meaningful that he’d expected with the next World Championships as his new goal.