A new world record had been predicted, but Norway’s Karsten Warholm has not just broken the old one, he has destroyed it to hold off American Rai Benjamin and win a superb men’s Olympic 400m hurdles final.
Last month, Warholm broke Kevin Young’s 29-year world mark with a time of 46.70 seconds, but he blew his own record away on Tuesday with an astonishing 45.94 run.
American Rai Benjamin pushed him all the way to take silver in 46.17, with Brazilian Alison dos Santos getting in on the act, taking bronze in 46.72.
Six of the eight runners in the race broke either a world, continent or national record.
Aussie women through to javelin final
Australia’s Mackenzie Little and Kelsey-Lee Barber have advanced to Friday’s javelin final.
Little threw a personal best of 62.37m, with 2019 world champion, Barber, launching a season best of 62.59m.
Polish world leader Maria Andrejczyk, who underwent surgery in March 2020 due to ankle and Achilles tendon injuries, finished with the day’s longest throw of 65.24m.
Sadly, defending champion Sara Kolak of Croatia committed three fouls and was ruled out of the Games at the qualifier.
Australian runners star on the track
Australia’s Oliver Hoare and Stewart McSweyn have secured spots in the men’s 1,500m semi-finals on Thursday after both placing third in their heats.
Hoare crossed the line with a time of 3.36.09, while McSweyn was a few tenths of a second slower, clocking 3.36.39 at a wet Olympic Stadium.
World champion Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya, who finished second in Hoare’s race, also advanced. He was a late addition to the Olympic team after initially failing to qualify.
The 25-year-old missed the cut to compete in Tokyo after finishing fourth in the Kenyan trials in June and only made the team after one of the qualified athletes was dropped for not meeting World Athletics anti-doping testing requirements.
Cheruiyot bounced back impressively, winning the Diamond League meet in Stockholm and following that up with a terrific victory in Monaco in July, recording a world-leading time of 3 minutes, 28.28 seconds.
Mihambo saves best jump for last
Reigning world champion Malaika Mihambo of Germany won the women’s long jump gold with her final leap of 7.00m.
America’s Brittney Reese took the silver ahead of bronze medallist Ese Brume of Nigeria.
After an exciting competition during which the lead changed hands frequently between Reese and Brume, Mihambo, who was placed third going into the final round, settled the deal with her last leap.
Gold in sight for Aussie sailors
Australian sailors Mat Belcher and Will Ryan have all but secured gold in the 470 class at the Tokyo Olympics.
The duo finished their final heat 20 points ahead of the fleet, meaning that barring disqualification or penalty during tomorrow’s medal race, they will win gold.
It would be Australia’s 15th gold at the Games, just two short of the nation’s most gold medals won at an Olympics.