The Norwegian is the first in the world to drop below 46 ”. Silver USA with Rai Benjamin (46”17), bronze to the Brazilian Dos Santos (46”72). In the long run, Mihambo-style gold women
Unheard of, beyond human limits: Karsten Warholm wins the 400 obstacles with 45 ”94. And Rai Benjamin, in one of the greatest challenges in history, is only slightly less than him, beaten with an equally gigantic 46 ”17. These are times beyond all logic, unimaginable. The Norwegian improves by 76/100 – a huge amount – to his world record, set on 1 July in Oslo which, after 29 years, had ousted Kevin Young from the top of the all-time world list. The Brazilian Alison Dos Santos, with 46 ”72, is“ only ”bronze. Alessandro Sibilio will be able to say that he has participated in one of the greatest races ever: the blue pays the effort of the semifinal and closes eighth in 48 ”77. But his Olympics is nine.
Benjamin is in the fifth lane, Warholm in the sixth. From the first meter it is a race towards the unknown. Impossible to risk more. Karsten escapes, Rai chases. The Norwegian attacks every obstacle first, the American hunts him like a shadow. The gap is always minimal. The rhythm is impressive. Warholm is a fury. And up to the ninth barrier it doesn’t have the slightest burr. But there, after shooting like a madman, he hesitates. Benjamin, who is just behind him, takes advantage of it and almost appears. But Karsten, coming down from the tenth and last obstacle, with who knows what residual energy, manages to relaunch the action and close in front. The rest is a crazed chronometer: it marks figures that are neither in heaven nor on earth. We witnessed a historic race. Kyron McMaster, a man from the Bitannic Virgin Islands, is fourth with 47 ”08, the Qatari Abderrahman Samba fifth with 47” 12. From first to eighth place: the best times ever, all races included. It will be the shoes, it will be the track, it will be Warholm’s head. He will not forget.
Even the final of the women’s long holds great emotions. The German Malaika Mihambo wins with a 7.00 (+0.1) centered on the last attempt (giving 19.5 cm to the platform). Enough to overtake, from third place, the American Brittney Reese, Olympic champion in London 2012 and four times world champion (6.97 / + 0.1) and the Nigerian Ese Brume (the same 6.97 / + 0.4, but a second lower size: 6.95 to 6.90) . Eight women fly over 6.80: never happened.
Heats and qualifiers
In the 1500s Tim Cheruiyot and Jakob Ingebrigtsen advance easily. Among the rejected the Ethiopian Samue Tefera. The fastest is the Belgian Ismael Debjani (3’36 ”00). In the first round of the 400 women the best is the Dominican Marileidy Paulino (50 ”06) over the outgoing champion, the Bahamian Shaunae Miller (50” 50). All easy for Allyson Felix (50 ”84). In the qualifiers of the javelin, the leader is the Polish Maria Andrejczyk with 65.24. The last two winners have been eliminated: the Croatian Polak (2016) and the Czech Spotakova (2012).
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